Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has advocated political will on the part of world leaders towards the implementation of resolutions on environmental issues.
The Senate President spoke when a delegation of the Working Group on Environmental Audit of African Organisation of the Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI WGEA) paid a courtesy visit on him at the National Assembly in Abuja yesterday.
Saraki who was responding to an earlier speech by the leader of the delegation, acknowledged that some of the issues already highlighted remains to be implemented for development due to absence of appropriate political will by the leaders.
He said, “I think some key points you said, some of the agreements you talk about that you have signed with some organisations, the point is how far have they gone on implementation? Who is making sure that they are being implemented?
“By the time we leave all those conferences as politicians, we shake hands with ourselves, we take pictures, the real issues are these commitments. Are they being met?
“I think these are the areas we truly want to say that what you are doing will play a key role to ensure that some of these environmental policies and solutions that we put aside are addressed,” he said.
According to the Senate President, “In Nigeria, we talk about deforestation, we talk about oil spillage, and it is clear that it is affecting the lives of our people all over. This shows us what we need to do.
“I think we don’t need to wait every 10 years for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to do reports. Groups like this can keep us constantly on our toes and I appreciate the fact that the Auditor-General have also decided to identify ways, apart from your core mandate, of addressing the issue of environment.