The federal government has restated its determination to boost the economy through viable strategies such as waste recycling and management as well as resources conservation.
The minister of environment, Suleiman Hassan Zarma, disclosed this when he received the Finish ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Jykri Pulkkinen in Abuja.
He pointed out that globally, natural environment has become a currency, adding that Nigeria like other nations was working assiduously to earn the currency.
The minister emphasised that APC- led government was very passionate and committed to its cardinal programme of turning the country’s mass waste materials into wealth through recycling, as it has the capacity to fast-track economic growth and accelerated development.
While pledging to collaborate with key stakeholders to fully implement the ministry’s economic blueprint, Zarma said that recycling would help the country to conserve beneficial natural resources and energy.
He lamented that the resources were gradually depleted due to over-exploitation, adding that recycling would help in mitigating the hazardous impact of climate change on the environment.
The minister noted that in a bid to cripple the devastating impact of climate change, the ministry has embarked on various sensitisation campaigns and strategic programmes on ways to prevent the destruction of natural habitats and biodiversity.
Responding, Pulkkinen maintained that the essence of his visit was to seek areas of cooperation between Nigeria and Finland.
He noted that both countries have peculiar environmental challenges, alongside the problem of harnessing scarce resources for development.
According to him, “How to properly care and protect the natural environment is something that the Finnish government takes seriously.”
Pulkkinen was hopeful that Nigeria and Finland could mutually partner, and seek ways to address the issue of scarce resources’ depletion and global warming caused by climate change.
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