The Federal Government at the weekend emphasized the need to escalate the Web-Based Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS) to cover the whole country.
Presently, FEWS provides predictions in 302 locations across Nigeria, the need for nationwide coverage became necessary as a result of the recent nationwide flood disaster.
Saghir el Mohammed, the Director of Press in the Ministry of Environment, in a statement, said this is a discussion, which was part of the resolution at the 13th National Council on Environment (NCE).
“Council resolutions also emphasized the need to promote de-silting and dredging of Nigeria river systems in order to improve upon their flood-carrying capacity by relevant Federal Government Agencies in order to ameliorate perennial flooding along with the riverine communities in the country;
“The need for Ecological Funds Office (EFO) to support the Federal Ministry of Environment to fund some major ecological remediation projects across the nation;
“Reiterated the need for Federal Ministry of Environment to collaborate with States on modalities towards the establishment of Renewable Energy Facilities in order to consider the drive for cities to be powered by cleaner energy sources.
“Agreed to forward the 2019 National Forest Policy Documents to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval in order to guide for Sustainable Forest Management in the Country” he stated.
The Council further recommended that the Federal Ministry of Environment in conjunction with the State Ministries should commence immediate implementation of National Guidelines and Registration of Environment – friendly Products and Eco-Labeling; and also commence the immediate implementation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Plans, Policies, and Programmes of the Government of Nigeria.
“The Federal Ministry of Environment should ensure that all approved and built-up Petroleum Tank Farms are re-registered and a database created to sustain safety and environmental monitoring;
“The need for States to mainstream and adopt environmental education as a teaching subject in Primary and Secondary School levels through implementation by the National Education Research Council (NERC);
“Re-affirmed the need for the planting of 25 million tree seedlings in the Country to reduce environmental challenges and consequently increase the forest cover of Nigeria”