Covid-19 and the and the Nigerian Environment: The Way Forward


Authors : DR. IBRAHIM DINJU CHOJI mni; DR. NKEREUWEM SUNDAY ETUKUDOH; OLOWU FREDERICK ADEYEMI; JOYCE ENE OCHEOLA OKI

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 6 - June

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The COVID-19 pandemic is still on the increase in some parts of the world. This virus has since mutated despite then availability of vaccines. Death rates in places like India have continued to rise. COVID19 and its impact on the Nigerian environment was reviewed, with the aim of finding lasting solutions to its impacts. It is no longer news that COVID-19 pandemic as well as climate change are somewhat interwoven and both are regarded as global emergencies. In this review COVID-19 was found to have immense impacts on the Nigerian environment which led to improved air quality, low levels of emission especially in highly populated areas like Lagos and Port Harcourt. This calls for a shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy sources if these unintended benefits are to be sustained. Apart from this, the pandemic had a higher impact on agriculture, where COVID lockdown affected household food security and safety, poor management of waste, which subsequently could give birth to water and other environmental pollution. As a result there is need to sustain efforts at reducing emission levels, above and below ground carbon by making available renewable energy sources. To ensure these, adoption of measures like the use of zoom meetings while increasing bandwidth to accommodate more people on the platform is a step in the right direction. The implementation of a climate smart agriculture, practicing digital agricultural extension, regulating markets, and the use of trade-off analysis, where precision agriculture can be practiced are among the few practicable solutions to ameliorate the impact of COVID-19 on the environment. Despite the impacts that COVID pandemic has had on the Nigerian environment there is hope that with the right policies on deck, some of the unintended benefits can be maximised.

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