- Ogun Forces Firms to Install Effluent Treatment Plants
The Ogun State Government has compelled more than 15 industries across the state to install effective effluent treatment plants to take care of their wastewater.
The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, was quoted to have said it was part of the state government’s measures to address pollution and safeguard the environment.
Oyeleye, who stated this at an event to commemorate the 2018 World Water Day, said the state government had become more aggressive in enforcing the obligatory duty of industrial facilities to install ETPs to protect the state’s ground and surface water bodies.
According to him, the release of toxic substances from industrial processes to the environment portends long term effects that can be detrimental to the health of the people.
He added that the state’s status as an industrial hub of the country had made the ministry to be alive to its core responsibility of monitoring the discharge of industries.
Oyeleye said, “Within the last three years, more than 15 industries have been compelled to put in place effluent treatment plants, while several others have had to either expand the capacity of existing ones or reactivate them. Presently, several others are on the verge of full compliance with this requirement.
“The unregulated exploitation of groundwater in the state has serious consequences for the environment, and it has become imperative for the state government to introduce water abstraction regulations for the benefit of the future generations.
“Groundwater is something that we need all over the world. Humans and animals need water in order to survive as our bodies cannot function without it. However, the uncontrolled and unregulated use of groundwater is replete with serious consequences. This becomes imperative for us to safeguard ourselves and children for these consequences.”
FG Says Nigeria’s Rice Production Rises by 1.2mmt in Three years
FG Interventions Boost Rice Production by 1.2mmt in Three Years
The Federal Government has said the nation’s rice production increased by 1.2 million metric tonnes within three years due to its interventions in the rice value chain.
This was disclosed by Mustapha Shehuri, Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, in Omor and Umerum at Ayamelum Local Government, Anambra State while assessing the Federal Government rice farms/mills project there.
He added that the federal government is working on revitalising its rice farm in Anambra to boost rice production, increase new jobs and improve the standard of the people in the state and Nigeria at large.
The minister was quoted as saying, “The present administration has provided various interventions to promote investment in the rice sector.
“As a result of these interventions, the country has increased its production from 4.8 million metric tonnes of milled rice in 2015 to over six million metric tonnes by 2019 with huge reduction in the nation’s deficit.”
He added that President Muhammadu Buhari administration is pursuing and implementing programmes to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production because of its strategic importance as a major staple food crop.
Lagos State Declares N89bn Surplus in 2019 After BudgIT False Report
Lagos State Economically and Financial Stable, Declared N89bn Surplus in 2019
Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital, has declared an impressive N89 billion surplus for the year ended 2019.
This was disclosed in the state’s 2019 Audited Financial Statements.
The report was released following BudgIT, a public sector-focused financial information house, recent report titled ‘Ability of States to Meet Monthly Recurrent Expenditure and Loan Repayment Obligations, 2019’, that claimed the state was among states that can not meet monthly recurrent expenditure and loan repayment obligations.
A report, BudgIT later withdrew and apologised for misleading the public as several factors were not taken into consideration during the report. It added that Lagos was financially buoyant, and the only state with such financial capacity to function without federal allocations.
On Monday, Dr Rabiu Olowo, Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, in a statement to media houses, said the state was economically and financially buoyant.
In the statement titled ‘Lagos financially, economically stable’ said the commissioner said the state is presently doing 103 percent of the budget targets despite COVID-19, this he said is well above 2019 figures.
Buhari to Inaugurate Nigeria’s First Standard Gauge Train in Itakpe-Warri Today
Nigeria’s First Standard Gauge Train to Be Inaugurated Today
President Muhammadu Buhari will be in Itapke-Warri today, September 29, 2020 to inaugurate Nigeria’s first standard gauge train, the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line.
Fidet Okhiria, the Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation disclosed this on Sunday.
Okhiria explained that President Buhari will conduct the inauguration virtually and not be physically present at the event.
He, however, said Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, would lead other members of the Federal Executive Council as well as other government functionaries to the event.
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