Environment Ministry seeks more Financial Mobilisation

By Zeniat Abubakar, Abuja

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The 17th National Council on Environment with focus on mobilisation of more financial Inflows to support environmental sustainability by the Federal Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, has kicked off in Abuja Nigeria’s capital.

Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Environment Mr Mahmud Kambari at the opening said it is imperative to reflect on the pivotal role of environmental stewardship in shaping Nigeria’s future.

Mr kambari also noted that the outcome of the discussions will serve as a blueprint for actionable policies and programs by the Council, aligning with global best practices contributing to the realization of Nigeria’s national development objectives.

“The theme is apt and resonates deeply with the priorities of this Administration, highlighting its commitment to harnessing energy and natural resources for sustainable development, as outlined in the Presidential Priorities in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda, as you are aware, one of the foremost challenges confronting our sector is the issue of funding.’’ He said.

According to him, “despite the undeniable significance of environmental preservation to human well-being, successive administrations have struggled to allocate resources commensurate with the scale and urgency of environmental challenge, it is important, therefore, that we shine a spotlight on the critical issue of financing, with the aim of devising robust funding models and exploring diverse avenues for resource generation to address sectoral needs effectively.”

Mr Kambari said the Technical Session will be collapsed into six (6) thematic clusters to enable for in-depth discussions on the various memoranda by the Technical Working Groups of experts.

He however urged the technical expertise and participants to draw a sustainable path forward for Nigeria’s environmental agenda.

The theme of this year’s meeting is, “Environment Financing: Need to Mobilize More Windows for Generating Adequate Resources in Support of Environmental Sustainability Efforts”.

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