Stakeholders urged to educate Nigerians on environmental challenges

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

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Environmental stakeholders have been urged to educate Nigerians on climate change and the challenges associated to it
The call was made by the State Minister of Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor at the 13th National council on each, NCE which held in Kaduna.
The Minister said there is need for continous call on all hands to be on deck for advocacy on environmental sustainability which would be a fore runner to all economic and social activities.
There is the need for enlightenment on issues of land degradation, air and water pollution and environmental insecurity.”
All stakeholders and experts in the environment sector are called upon to dig into the best practices in the World over and arrive at reasonable adaptation and domestication to the Nigerian environment as far as advocacy is concerned.”
Chief Ikeazor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote said, goverment has made committments in achieving the
sustainable development goal targeted at the stipulated time.
She stressed that the imperative need to rejuvenate the natural eco systems through concerted and determined efforts cannot be over emphasized. To sustain a healthy environment is a task for all and sundry.
On his part, the Chairman, Senate committee on environment, Ike Ekweremadu, who was represented by his Vice, Senator Hassan Hadeja said, there is a great correlation between the Ministry of Environment and other sister Ministries whose partnership will bring to bare.
Senator Ekweremadu urged the Environment Ministry of take advantage of the Federal programme which pays women N5000 naira each in order to engage them in tree planting.
If for instance certain women would be captured and given seedlings to plant within six months, the N5000 allowances given to her will recovered from the cash crop she planted.”

He also advised the Minister of Environment to engage the Ministry of Power so as to actualise solar power in Nigeria, saying, if solar power is being actualised, the issue of environmental advocacy will become history.