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Monday, June 5, 2017

World Environment Day: FG Urges Stakeholders To Protect Nigeria’s Environment

By Deji Abdulwahab
Abuja -   The Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, on Monday urged stakeholders to support the Federal Government in its efforts to protect the nation’s environment.
Jibril gave the advice in Abuja at the celebration of the 2017 World Environment Day, organised by the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
He said that the World Environment Day was aimed at mobilising the general public to understand that everyone was responsible for safeguarding the environment.

He said that the government’s efforts to save the ecosystem, in partnership with the private sector, would go a long way in achieving a sustainable and healthy environment.
The minister said that the World Environment Day was set aside by the United Nations (UN) to raise global awareness about the importance of healthy and green environment to human existence.
“The day is also aimed at solving environmental issues by implementing some positive environmental actions.
“It is important to note that the theme for this year’s edition is in sync with the vision of this administration on the environment,’’ he added.
Jibril said that the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was “Empowering People, Taking Climate Action and Protecting the Environment’’ within context of its change agenda.
He listed the environmental challenges facing the country as desertification in the North, coastal erosion in the South East and South West and oil pollution in the Niger Delta.
He, therefore, urged all stakeholders to come together and make concerted efforts to protect the nation’s environment.
In her remark, Ms Harriet Thompson, United Kingdom’s Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, said that the 2011 Climate Change Vulnerability Index indicated that climate change could result in a loss in Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
She said that it could result in six-per-cent and 30-per-cent GDP loss by 2050, adding that the estimated cost of the loss was between 100 and 460 billion U.S. dollars.
“In addition to global climate risks, there are immediate local impacts of the carbon economy in Nigeria. We are pleased that one billion dollars has been committed by the Federal Government and international oil companies for the Ogoni cleanup.’’
The high commissioner called for better solutions to the problems of illegal oil bunkering and refineries.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Jibril planted a tree to mark the World Environment Day
The minister also presented the award of “Mother of the Nature’’ to the wife of late former Head of State, Mrs Ajoke Muritala Muhammed.
Speaking after receiving the award, Muhammed said that she embarked on the botanical garden business over 20 years ago, starting in Lagos before expanding to other parts of Nigeria.
She dedicated the award to “the hardworking Nigerian women who persevered in the face of challenges’’.

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