The Federal Government has reiterated its dedication to addressing the climate change issues prevailing in Nigeria.
Dr. Ishaq Salako, the Minister of State for Environment, delivered this reassurance during the 7th annual conference and annual general meeting of the Association for Environmental Impact Assessment of Nigeria (AEIAN).
Represented by Dr. Abbas Suleiman, a Director in the Ministry of Environment, the minister affirmed the ministry’s commitment to establishing a balanced coexistence between humans and the environment.
“It is imperative to consistently tackle recurrent challenges such as climate change, deforestation, desert encroachment, loss of biodiversity, flood and erosion, environmental pollution amongst others to sustain an affordable and conducive existence for human kind.
“Our mission is also to ensure environmental protection, natural resources conservation and sustainable development.
“The mandate of the ministry of environment is to secure a quality environment conducive for the health and well-being of the citizens,” Salako explained.
The Ministry’s objective is to encourage the responsible utilization of natural resources, safeguard the ecosystem’s ecological processes, and conserve biodiversity, as stated by the Minister.
The members of the association were praised by the Minister for their dedication to preserving the environment. The conference’s theme was reported to be “Impact Assessment: Climate Resilience, Financing, and Environmental Sustainability.”
During the event, Senator Yunus Akintunde, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, assured the association of the Senate’s support in their endeavors to achieve a sustainable environment.
“Environment is life and life is about environment, the Senate or the National Assembly will be readily available to assist this association with whatever legislation is required to move the association forward,” Akintunde assured.