The Nigerian government has reiterated its commitment to a sustainable environment and finding lasting solutions to the restoration of the ecosystem.
The Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Environment, Hassan Musa, stated this at the 15th meeting of the National Council on Environment with the theme “Appraisal of the Emerging challenges and opportunities in the Environment Sector: A call for action towards the Environment of our dream,” held in Abuja.
He said this would be executed through the implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report on the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project HYPREP, and Environmental Impact Assessment on the mandate of the Great Green Wall, Waste Management, Watershed Management, Renewable Energy, Eco-Tourism, Green bond, Forestation/Reforestation Programmes.
“The pandemic is also a wake-up call for us to lay out a blueprint for a transformative recovery towards greater sustainability, greener and more inclusive economy that will advertently steer the economy on the path of visible growth and development. However, the trajectory of growth we envision can only be achieved through the efficient discharge of our roles and obligations with utmost responsibility.”
He also noted that the widespread practices of unhealthy and degenerating human activities have led to deforestation, unprecedented global warming, loss of biodiversity, climate change, flooding, plastic and air pollution amongst others.
According to him, the importance of the subject of this council meeting, it is clear that the environment sector cuts across the Nine priority areas set out by this administration which includes, building a thriving and sustainable economy, enhancing social inclusion and poverty reduction, enlarging agricultural output for food security and export as well as attaining energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products amongst others.
“In order to achieve these goals, we must develop flexible and effective mechanisms so that all actors involved are able to participate effectively and efficiently. More importantly, political will and support is required to mobilize the expertise, technical know-how and financial resources which are vital determinants to ensure the delivery of the desired change. More importantly, political will and support are required to mobilize the expertise, technical know-how and financial resources which are vital determinants to ensure the delivery of the desired change,” thePermanent Secretary explained.
He added that the Ministry would also examine the prevailing environmental challenges and would not lose sight of the emerging opportunities which must be driven through; “Designing and implementing standard operating procedures. Providing technical support for environmental remediation projects. Designing programs and processes for a cleaner environment. Ensure sustainable environmental planning and the conservation of our natural resources.”