The federal government has commenced the funding of afforestation programme in the 11 Northern states through the N150 billion Sovereign Green bonds programme. he minister of state, environment, Mallam Ibrahim Jibril who stated this recently while addressing journalists in Abuja, noted that the programme would address drought, desertification and also assist in the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The 11 states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauch, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states also known as frontline states cut across the North East and North West region of Nigeria. Given the environmental adversities in Nigeria, the minister said that there is a need to double efforts towards addressing the mirage of environmental problems in Nigeria.
He disclosed that the National Council on Environment (NCE) parley would lay a solid foundation for economic growth and national sustainability in line with federal government’s Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP).
The event is scheduled to take place in Abeokuta, Ondo state from Monday to Wednesday 31st October, with the theme, ‘Environment and Security in Nigeria: Consolidating Nigeria’s Environment Sector Reforms Towards Sustainable Development’. He reiterated government’s efforts towards guaranteeing environmental sustainability by initiating programmes that would halt land degradation likewise pollution of air, water and coasts. This he said was a practical demonstration of federal government’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adding that the theme was carefully chosen in recognition of mind boggling environmental and security issues in the country. The minister emphasised the need to upscale the narrative of solving environmental challenges and growing the economy by redirecting the focus of investors to the abundant opportunities in the sector. Jibril stated that oil pollution which led to agitations in the Niger Delta, herdsmen/farmers clashes and desertification prompted government’s renewed efforts at dealing with environmental challenges across the country. On his part, the commissioner of environment, Ondo state, Mr Funso Esan assured that the state government is ready to host delegates for the council.
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