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The Bayelsa State Government has inaugurated a five-man committee to draft a blue-print for the Bayelsa Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.

The commissioner for Environment, Mr. lselema Gbaranbiri inaugurated the Committee on Thursday, July 8,2021 in his office at the New Secretariat Complex, Ovom, Yenagoa.

Mr. Gbaranbiri charged the committee members to bring to bear professionalism and their wealth of experience in carrying out the task adding that they were carefully selected and the State was looking up to them.

According to the Environment Commissioner, their mandate was to draft a ten year programme outcome document on Ecosystem Restoration from 2021-2030 for Bayelsa State to align with the United Nations Decade plans on Ecosystem Restoration as earlier directed by the Bayelsa State governor , Sen. Douye Diri, and that they should complete the task of formulating the required document on or before September 15,2021.

In his remarks, the chairman of the committee, Mr. Hephzibah Soubo; Regional Director, African Trade Centre, Niger Delta Region, thanked the Environment Commissioner for finding them worthy for the assignment and promised to follow the United Nations guidelines as well as consult with relevant agencies to deliver on the job.

Mrs . Omieyeman Odigie-Emannuel of the Centre for Human Rights & Climate Research would serve as Secretary of the committee, while other members are Mr. Cyprian Abasi of the Institute of Biodiversity Climate Change & Watersheds, NDU, Mr. Ere Wakedei and Mr. Festus Egba, Directors of the Department of Climate Change and Forestry respectively in the Ministry of Environment.

Those who witnessed the inauguration ceremony include the Permanent Secretary of the Environment Ministry, Mr. Waripamo Martin, Directors of various Departments in the Ministry, amongst others.

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