The Federal Government has given assurance of its commitment to effective implementation of environmental projects and programmes across the country.
Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, the State Minister, Federal Ministry of Environment, gave the assurance in Abuja, at the 10th National Steering Committee of Global Environmental Facility, (GEF) organised by the ministry.
Jibril, represented by Mr Gabriel Loto, the Director, Human Resources, of the ministry, said the objective of the workshop was to evaluate the progress made by the committee in the implementation of environmental projects.
“The workshop is to evaluate the progress made so far by the implementing agencies and partners to ensure that the GEF since 2014 has achieved its priorities in the environmental issues. The Federal Government is committed to environmental programmes and projects that will grow the Nigerian economy, trans-strive the diversification and enhance revenue generation to deliver good governance to our people. The government is also committed to solve and implement issues of environment in the areas of climate change, biodiversity, eco-system, water development, among others. The government will do its best to involve every interested stakeholder in the Nigerian development project. The ministry is equally committed to attracting more projects and funds in the economy by maximising GEF interventions in the country.”
Jibril explained that the GEF through its Small Grants Programme, (SGP) provided grants, technical and coordination support to poor and marginalised communities.
He said that the project which commenced in 2014 was developed and implemented in line with national priorities that would ensure the articulation of the projects.
The minister, however, commended the UN Development Programme, (UNDP) on its continued collaboration with the ministry to ensure that projects were implemented.
He also applauded UNDP’s support and commitment which had resulted in uplifting the lives of people and the environment.
Dr Rueben Bamidele, Programme Officer, United Nations Industrialisation Development Organisation, (UNIDO) said the organisation would continue to support the government in the implementation of the environmental projects.
Bamidele also commended the ministry of environment on its efforts in ensuring that environmental issues were implemented to enhance development in the country.