F.G restated commitment to elimate persistent organic pollutant


    The Federal Ministry of Environment, yesterday, reassured of its continuous leadership role in ensuring that Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and attendant burdens of public health and environmental challenges are eliminated in the country.

    The permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr. Bukar Hassan, stated this at the National Stakeholders’ Endorsement Workshop for the Reviewed and Updated National Implementation Plan (NIP) for the Stockholm Convention on POPs, in Abuja.

    It would be recalled that the global community, against the background of POPs-derived pollution burdens and accompanying adverse toxicological and environmental implication, negotiated and reached the Stockholm Convention (SC) on POPs, which was adopted on 22nd May 2001 in Stockholm, Sweden and entered into force on 17th May 2004.

    The convention is aimed at achieving elimination or restriction of the production and use of all POPs, transition to safer alternatives, training additional POPs for action, cleaning-up old stockpiles and equipment containing POPs.