The business plan covers from 2014 to 2018.
The Federal Government, in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), has developed a business plan for effective management of chemicals in the country.
This is contained in a document obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria from the Federal Ministry of Environment in Abuja on Friday.
The document is entitled :“ Business Plan on Priority Needs to Enable Further Strengthening of the Legal and Institutional Infrastructures for Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) in Nigeria for 2014-2018.’’
According to the document, the plan was developed to address pressing priority needs to enable further strengthening of the legal and institutional infrastructures for SMC in Nigeria.
“The plan was developed in line with the UNEP Legal and Institutional Infrastructures for Recovering Cost of National Administration (LIRA) guidance document in response to the commitment of the government.
“It was developed for environmentally sound management of chemicals, through a life cycle management approach to chemicals and their waste in Nigeria.
“The plan recognises the Nigerian Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) implementation plan, which signifies Nigeria’s commitment towards sound management of chemicals (2011-2016) , that was endorsed in March 2011 by relevant national stakeholders,” the document stated.
The document stated that the plan was designed for five years implementation, commencing from 2014 to 2018, to achieve sound management of chemicals.
It stated that it was necessary to strengthen institutional capacity, build the capacity of professional officers and raise the level of understanding of the populace about risk of chemicals in order to reduce environmental pollution.
On evaluation mechanism, it said that the Federal Ministry of Environment through its National Committee on Chemicals Management (NCCM) would play a coordinating role in implementing the plan.
“It will be implemented in cooperation with relevant ministries, institutions and civil society organisation according to its mandates and responsibilities.
“The ministry will also play a coordination role in organising technical meetings, conclusion meetings on planning implementation, planning formulation, or project proposal development for implementing the works identified in the plan.
“In order to review the effectiveness and efficiency of the plan implementation, the ministry and all stakeholders, especially the NCCM shall establish two main evaluation mechanisms.
“The first evaluation is to do a mid-term evaluation that will be organised in the middle of year 2 or 3, while second evaluation is to do the total evaluation of the achievements of the business plan implementation at the end of the programme,’’ it said.
The document stated that the second half of the 2013 should be the time for Nigeria to prepare the Business Plan and make it ready for implementation.
However, it said that the Business Plan had proposed many activities but operational budget, other resources needed and the potential partners, were yet to be known.
In this case, it said that Nigeria faced two main tasks to be done to set the plan in motion; the approval of the BP by stakeholders and starting the funding drive to implement the plan.
“In summary, the goals and objectives in the plan and the specific activities and milestones, are unlikely to be achieved as scheduled, and this plan will likely be extended for another two or three years as necessary,’’ it added.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Business Plan was prepared by the Nigerian-UNEP project on “Guidance on Development of Legal and Institutional and Measures for Recovering Cost of National Administration (LIRA-GUIDANCE)’’ and supported by the UNEP Chemical Branch and Swedish Government .
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