Canadian NGO pushes for green economy in C’River

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A Canadian development organisation, Cuso International, on Thursday, assessed the operational capacity of local government areas in Cross River State and urged them to embrace green economy, following the dwindling oil revenue in the country.

Stakeholders’ deliberation at a capacity assessment workshop held in Calabar focused on improving agricultural yields, especially in cassava production, palm oil production and the value chains as well as the non-timber aspect of forestry.

The event was attended by 16 heads of local government areas in Cross River State.

The Programme Manager, Policy and Natural Resource Management, Cuso International, Mr. Godwin Ugah, said that capacity assessment was conducted in 16 local government areas in the state to assess their operational capacities and identify areas of strength and weakness so as to effectively drive the concept of green economy.

Ugah said that the local government administrators were inculcated in the programme in order to create the enabling environment for green economy to strive at the grass roots.

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He said, “This capacity building workshop is to see how we can be involved in deepening the green economy concept in Cross River State. We are diversifying from brown to green economy because the crude oil export is beginning to fail us as a nation.

“The green economy is grossly underutilised; so, we are developing   capacity building plan that will guide us on capacity needs and plans for our agricultural projects. We are focusing on maximising yields in cassava production, palm production and its value chains. We are also looking at forestry with emphasis on non-timber products and other renewable energies.

“We are also here to share findings from the assessment conducted and develop an action plan to drive more responsive implementation of natural resources management policies and practice.”

He stressed that Cuso International aimed to promote young women and men employment in the natural resources sector.

A participant, Mr. BasseyEffiom, who is the Head of Administration in Akamkpa LGA, said that going green would help to preserve the environment.

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Effiom, who decried the burning of fossil fuel, explained that stakeholders at the grass roots level would also be trained in implementation strategies.

Another participant, Mrs. OmaEkufre of Biase LGA, said that the capacity building workshop had created a better understanding of how to pass on the message to stakeholders at the grass roots.

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