Environment ministry restates commitment to addressing key challenges


The Ministry of Environment,  says it is committed to addressing environmental challenges to enable it achieve its mandates and visions effectively.

Mohammad Abubakar, the Minister of Environment said this while declaring open a two-day top management retreat on the environment sector, in Abuja.

Abubakar said that the significance of the seminar was to give the management information on current status of the ministry.

It is therefore expected that this retreat being the first in this administration, will provide a variable platform that will assist the sector to secure policy direction.

“And focus on important issues that concern the environment and have a better way to address such issues.

“It is also necessary for us to consider unlocking investment opportunities available in the sector to contribute effectively to government’s efforts toward national economic recovery and its diversification,’’ he said.

Abubakar said that the objective of the retreat was articulated by the planning team and sensitising all the directors, head of agencies and projects coordinators of the ministry for effective deliberation.

It is also to ensure that there was a re-dedication and commitment by management of the ministry in achieving the vision.

“Identifying clear communication that will enable the attainment of better coordination of activities in the ministry to also achieve the visions.

“Aligning key activities of the ministry with relevant global commitment and enlightening the management on key programmes of the ministry.

“Programmes such as Great Green Wall, NEWMAP,  Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) and Green Bond and connecting welfare plans for staff to ensure best performance at all levels,’’ he said.

Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, the Minister of State of the ministry, said that the ministry was also committed in ensuring that all the programmes were effectively implemented.

She said that the ministry would repeat the retreat in 2020 to ensure that all the decisions taken would be reviewed.