Written by Abigael Joshua
The Minister of Environment, Balarabe Lawal, has assured Nigerians of swift and decisive implementation of environmental projects.
Lawal conveyed this during his maiden meeting with environment correspondents in Abuja on Thursday.
The ministry said it would work with relevant stakeholders to fulfill its mandate.
“We intend to actively engage in the implementation of the Ministry of Environment’s projects.
“We will start a new community development in Ogoniland and involve the community including traditional institutions, youth and stakeholders in the clean-up efforts.
“Ogoni is just one of the other places in the country that has this kind of environmental pollution problem.”
Mr. Lawal said that the Ogoniland clean-up campaign has been underway for eight years and expressed optimism that the environmental problems facing Ogoniland would soon be resolved.
He said there was a plan to curb desert encroachment with support from the National Great Wall Authority, but appealed to the federal government for security.
“We have institutions like the Green Wall that are working on the issue of afforestation to stop desert encroachment and deforestation.”
The minister said his ministry would also cooperate to curb the activities of loggers.
He said that in the area of waste recycling, the ministry will ensure that garbage is turned into wealth and will also cooperate with the state government on waste management.
Lawal urged residents to take care of the environment by making sure to remove dirt.
“We are the ones who litter the place and cause some of the environmental problems.”
The Minister said partnership with all government agencies and stakeholders will continue to mitigate climate change. (NAN) www.nannews.ng
Editing: Chijioke Okoronkwo