OPENING OF THE ANWAI RIVER COURSE

The dredging/widening/removal of overgrown trees, weeds/grasses on the Anwai River Course has reduced the effect of flood and its impact on the camp 74 fish farm, Asaba. Prior to this exercise, fish farmers in the area lost all their produce arising from the torrential rainfall. This exercise has enhanced free flow of water from the Anwai River to the River Niger and further curbed erosive impact on the fish farms and roads within the Anwai-Asaba environs.

DERATIZATION/FUMIGATION OF MAJOR MARKETS AND DUMPSITES ACROSS THE STATE

During the period under review, the Ministry embarked on sensitization campaign, deratization and fumigation of major markets and dumpsites across the State to curtail the spread of Lassa fever, other pest and vector related diseases. Markets and Dumpsites located at Ibusa, Agbor, Uvwie, Sapele, Kwale, Asaba, Warri, Ughelli and other towns across the State were deratized and fumigated to promote a clean and safe environment for healthy living.

NIGERIA EROSION AND WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PROJECT (NEWMAP)

During the period under review, the State Government keyed into World Bank established Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project. The Project is designed to reduce the vulnerability to soil erosion in targeted sub –catchment areas with the aim of focusing on Gully Erosion and Flood Sites that threaten infrastructure and livelihood in the State.

Delta State is among the 21 States in the Federation that has keyed into the Project and has paid five hundred and thirty million naira (530,000.000.00) as counterpart funding. It is worthy to note that the World Bank / Federal Government officials visited the State to verify the 5 proposed prioritized erosion/flood sites. The prioritized sites include: Aghalokpe, Ewulu, Oghara, Otu- Jeremi, Midoma/Iwerebor Erosion Site, Koko, Owanta, Boji-Boji Owa in Ika North East Local Government Area; Obamkpa Erosion Site, Obamkpa; Ukwu-Nzu Erosion Site, Jesse Town, in Ethiope West and Onicha-Uku Erosion Site, Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area of the State.

At the moment, Consultants have been engaged for been Civil Engineering Designs, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Baseline Studies and Geographical

Information Committees in the Erosion and Flood Sites including the use of Focal

Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) for sensitization and continuous education of the people on the project. Moreso, final Draft Report has been submitted for the M&E Baseline Studies and GIS Consultancies. In addition, a presentation of Engineering Design Concept has been made on the five (5) sites towards the selection of the best option.

POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

The activities carried out by the Ministry towards meeting the environmental policy objectives are:

  1. A bill forwarded for enactment of appropriate legislations and policies for achieving the policy goal for sustainable development.
  2. Ecological stabilization/ reclamation of degraded ecosystems.
  • Development of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in order to improve the quality of the environment.
  1. Ensures that the proponents and operators meet environmental guidelines and standards of the state.
  2. Environmental Sanitation and Waste Management activities across the State through intervention measures to have a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
  3. Promotion of green and clean cities and towns through massive tree planting and beautification.

CLIMATE CHANGE

On the issue of Climate Change, the Ministry has mapped out the following activities through the Climate Change Department with a view of sustaining a conducive environment for all Deltans:

  • Assessment of the State Vulnerability and adaptation to the impacts of Climate Change;
  • Undertake studies/researches in Science of Climate;
  • Undertake inventory of the State Greenhouse Gas emissions and assessment of mitigation option;
  • Education and public awareness programme on climate change in schools, rural communities and the society at large;
  • In addition, Delta State is the only state in Nigeria invited to present a paper at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) held in Paris, France in December 2015.
  • It is also pertinent to mention that Delta State was in attendance at the just concluded United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of Parties (COP 22) held in Marrakesh, Morocco from 7th November to 18th November 2016.
  • At the COP 22, a meeting was held with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) – Local Governments for Sustainability, where the ICLEI reiterated the need for the state to register and upgrade her membership with ICLEI to promote avenues for funding sustainable projects on climate change. It is worthwhile to mention that Delta State is the only state in Nigeria that is captured in the Carbon Climate Registry Digest of 2015 – 2016, as published by the Bonn Center for Local Climate Actions and Reporting, Bonn, Germany.
  • It may interest us to know that the outcome of the ICLEI meeting was to create enabling environment for the State to carry out capacity building on greenhouse gas inventory.