Stella Dimoko Korkus.com: NDDC MD Says '' We Will Drive UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

NDDC MD Says '' We Will Drive UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has pledged to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development concept of "develop but don't destroy" as a tool to maintain the natural balance and keep the environment safe for human existence.

L-R: The NDDC Director, Environmental Protection and Control, Architect Alex Okenwa, Director Admin, Mrs. Iyingi Number and Dr. Princewill Ekanim, Director, Special Duties, during the World Environment Day celebrations organized by the NDDC in Port Harcourt on Monday.


The NDDC Managing Director, Mr. Nsima U. Ekere, stated this on Monday during the World Environment Day celebration organized by the Commission at the Arena Event Centre in Port Harcourt. He said that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals endorsed by world lenders at the 70th anniversary of the UN in 2015, touched on water and sanitation, gender issues, peace and security, collaboration and partnerships as necessities for sustainable development.

Mr Ekere, who was represented by the NDDC Director, Special Duties, Dr. Princewill Ekanim, said that the sustainable development concept clearly recognized that though development was needed for human advancement, the environment was crucial for human existence.

According to the NDDC boss, the UN’s strategy was “to get governments, aid foundations and NGOs on the same page about what global problems most urgently need to be solved and how to measure progress. The hope is that getting all these groups pointed in the same direction will result in greater impact in maintaining the sanctity of the environment and upholding the concept of SD.”

He noted that people were integral part of nature with the environment as man's only abode.
He added: “God has premised the environment on a zero waste profile by creating two major kingdoms, the plant and animal kingdoms. Both kingdoms rely on each other for existence and survival.

“There was a strict balance until the era of civilization when man embarked on economic development like construction of highways, building of large malls, stadia etc., which led to massive destruction of trees and other members of the plant kingdom.”
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer noted that the destructions led to distortions of the natural balance as the environmental systems were unable to use up the excess by-products of man's activities, including gases like carbon dioxide, methane etc, “creating the so called greenhouse effect on our God given environment.”

He noted that the greenhouse gases had been implicated as the main cause of global warming with its damaging consequences of; alteration in weather patterns; biodiversity loss; ozone layer depletion and the so called Triple Environmental Phenomenon.

Mr Ekere said that other human activities that further aggravated this deadly phenomenon included, bush burning, fossil fuel activities like gas flaring, waste mismanagement, deforestation. These activities, he said, were distorting the natural balance further, and throwing humanity into the vicious cycle of environmental destruction, with the grave consequences of alteration in weather patterns include flooding, shoreline erosion, ocean incursion with massive land loss and drought.

He stressed the need to jointly reduce the effect of environmental degradation caused by black soot pollution, oil pollution deforestation and other un-wholesome practices that adversely affect the environment.

The NDDC Director, Environmental Protection and Control, Architect Alex Okenwa, stated that June 5 was a “very important date globally for the propagation of the issues of .the environment.

He said: “In our country, the issue of the drying Lake Chad in the North East, the fast advancing Sahara Desert in the entire North to the devastation of the forests and waters of the Niger Delta region by oil exploration and heavy oil spills, as well as the current black soot phenomenon in Port Harcourt and its environs, call for serious environmental concern by government and its agencies.”

He said that the NDDC had organised different programmes in the past one week to reflect the global theme for this year’s World Environment Day: "Connecting People to Nature."

In a goodwill message, the Rivers State Commissioner for Environment, Prof. Roseline Konya, said that the digital revolution in the world had contributed to a situation where man had been further distanced from nature. She said that even the way houses were designed these days fail to take advantage of the natural environment.

The commissioner, who was represented by Mr Basoene Dick-Iruenabere, said that we need to design houses that would cut down on the use of electricity and fuel.


4 comments:

Miss Ess said...

Good to know

Anonymous said...

Madam Stella, please can you write something about NNDC not paying their scholarship students until now. Some times I don't know if these people don't mind their students suffering just so they can generate interest from the bank.

Anonymous said...

PLEASE NNDC PAY YOUR SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS. THIS BOARD SEEM SLOWER THAN THE OTHER ONE AT THE MOMENT.

Uche said...

But why will they be owing students in a foreign land? Meanwhile if you check very well, most of them have their children abroad, living well. The government needs to thoroughly investigate them.

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