UNIDO gets kudos for environmental programmes.
Speaking during the stakeholders workshop for the preparation of the Stage II of the Hydrochloroflorocarbon Phase-Out Management Plan (HPMP) for the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Manufacturing Sector (RAMS) in Lagos, the Minister of Environment,
Ms. Amina Mohammed, has commended the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) for implementing the Montreal Protocol programmes aimed at the phasing-out of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in Nigeria, and the Minister said the distribution of 75 low pressure foaming machines to major operators in the RAMS by UNIDO had gone a long way in helping Nigeria achieve 35 per cent phase-out of hydrorochloroflorocarbons consumption
According to the minister, who was represented by the Director of Human Resources in the Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Lauren Braide, “The government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Environment, acknowledges with thanks the good work, efforts and partnership of UNIDO in the implementation of the Montreal Protocol programmes and projects which aims to phase-out the production and consumption of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in Nigeria and also across the world, adding that the “Ozone layer depletion is a global environmental problem, and Nigeria is committed to phasing- out ODS in line with the Montreal Protocol, which the country is signatory to. UNIDO’s distribution of 75 low pressure foaming machines to the refrigeration and air-conditioning manufacturers in 13 states will has gone a long way in helping Nigeria in its quest towards achieving a complete phase-out of hydrorochlorofluorocarbons by 2040.”
At the workshop attended by heads of government Ministries, Departments and Agencies; environment experts, manufacturers, academics and the media, the Officer-in-Charge of UNIDO Regional Office, Nigeria, Dr. Chuma Ezedinma, and Industrial Development Officer, Montreal Protocol Unit, Environment Branch, Vienna, Ms Ozunimi Iti, reaffirmed the organisation’s support to enhancing safe and sustainable environment in Nigeria and globally.