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Gombe At COP 27 In Egypt; Shares Success Story, Seeks Partnership On Environmental Sustainability Agenda



By Abdulateef Taiwo

Gombe State is taking advantage of the ongoing 27th UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to engage stakeholders towards implementing solutions to local challenges caused by climate change in the state.

The summit, tagged COP 27, brought together leaders in government, civil society, industry, and finance from around the world to raise ambition and accelerate action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

As a flag bearer in environmental management, Gombe State is sharing with the international community, the successes recorded by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya in the areas of afforestation and reforestation, especially under the Gombe Goes Green (3G) flagship project.

Gombe State is being represented at the International conference by the Commissioner of Environment and Forest Resources, Alh. Shehu Ibrahim Madugu and Gombe State Coordinator of Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project , Dr. Sani Adamu Jauro.

The Gombe delegation met with key stakeholders on the sidelines of the conference where they shared experience and sought for partnership in addressing numerous environmental challenges in Gombe State.

According to Shehu Madugu, the environment is a priority of Inuwa Yahaya administration, explaining to his hosts, that the unwavering commitment of the Governor to environmental sustainability inspired the State to initiate the largest and most comprehensive environmental restoration project in the North East subregion, the Gombe Goes Green (3G) under which at least 1 million trees are being planted annually.

“So far about 4 million trees have been planted, through which 364 hectares of degraded land have been recovered while Gully erosion control works are also ongoing across the State together with the Network-11-100 road revolution project which has so far seen the construction of over 500km of roads”.

The Commissioner of Environment assured that Gombe is committed to the protection and improvement of the environment as well as safeguarding the forests and wildlife of the state, and therefore welcomes partnerships that will strengthen its environmental sustainability plan which is the cornerstone of its development .

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FG woos foreign mining investors with lower production cost



Joel Ajayi

Cutting red tapes which slow business transactions and improving the security of mining operations are among fresh commitments unfolded by Nigeria’s Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Oladele Alake at the Mines & Money Conference which opened in London, United Kingdom on Tuesday.

Addressing global stakeholders in the mining industry, Alake, in the 15-minute speech pitched for more investment in Nigeria listing unique advantages such as lower production cost due to surface mining and billions of dollar untapped minerals.
He quoted recent reports by audit firm KPMG which reported that mining’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP rose from 0.3 percent to 0.85 percent last year, indicating 0.63 percent year on year growth.

His words: “The country’s geological bounty encompasses over 44 distinct mineral types, found in exploitable quantities across more than 500 locations. Recently, recognizing the evolving global landscape and in response to emerging trends, Lithium has been included as a crucial strategic mineral of global consequence.”

Dr. Alake said the administration of President Bola Tinubu has embarked on reforms to boost investment by streamlining procedures and reducing hurdles to attract foreign investors.

Showcasing recent progress in creating conditions for solid minerals development, Dr. Alake highlighted fresh data revealed by the Airborne Geophysical Survey, memorandum of understanding with German firm Geoscan to gather more data on solid minerals across the country and access to finance through a new funding facility launched by the Africa Finance Corporation and the Solid Minerals Development Fund.

The minister reminded the global mining community of the Federal Government ‘s policies on how mining operations must benefit the communities and lead to processing instead of wholesale export of raw minerals.

“ Nigeria is currently emphasizing Solid Minerals Beneficiation and Value-Addition as a panacea for quick and sustainable growth of the Mining Industry…By adding value to our raw materials, we not only create higher value products but also generate employment opportunities for our teeming youth and increase the sector’s overall profitability and contribution to the nation’s GDP”, he said
Dr. Alake urged investors to support socio-economic development of the communities where they mine to make mining mutually beneficial.

Citing the recent launch of the revised guidelines for Community Development Agreement which provides for social amenities, educational support, health and safety environmental facilities.

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