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Environment Minister Resigns To Become Nasarawa Emir

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The minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin, has resigned his appointment from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet to assume the coveted seat of the Emir of Nasarawa, in Nasarawa State.

His resignation was sequel to his selection and as the 12th Emir of Nasarawa in his native Nasarawa State, on December 8.

The resignation notice was announced at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting yesterday, by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

Addressing the cabinet, Jibrin recalled his time as minister, saying he travelled the entire length of Nigeria and has “seen the devastation caused by climate change” and effect of conflict in the North-east.

He said in the South-south, he saw “fish being fried with crude oil” which made him make up his mind to work with the administration to stop oil pollution in the region and ensure the cleanup of Ogoni in Rivers State.

“Tomorrow (today) the 13th of December, there will be a project meeting in Port Harcourt in which project site will be handed over to contractors,” he revealed.

Before now, he said, oil companies were reluctant to release any money, but a commitment by government forced them to change their mind and $180 million has now been paid.

He described the Ogoni oil clean-up project as the biggest project being handled by the Ministry Of Environment, revealing that he refused pressure to “share the money as was done in the past” just to make sure the project does not hit a brick wall like others before it.

Reeling out his experiences in the course of touring the country, he said Anambra State has over 400 active erosion sites, warning that state governors must be weary of environment related issues and use funds from the ecological fund judiciously without leaving the burden to the federal government.

“I urge all my colleagues to continue to support Mr President until we are assured of success,” he said.

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