The Federal Ministry of
Environment said last Wednesday that it would work with stakeholders to proffer strategies and plans to combat the impact of climate change on Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
Mr Rabi Jimeta, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said this at the two-day multi-stakeholders meeting on issues of climate change in Abuja.
The meeting was convened to discuss strategies for mainstreaming climate change and environmental issues into the National Development Plans.
It was also aimed at discussing and generating elements on climate change and environmental issues for integration into National Implementation Plan (NIP-2) of the Nigerian Vision 20:2020.
Jimeta was represented by Dr Samuel Adejuwon, the Director, Climate Change Department of the ministry.
He said the ministry would continue to collaborate through the inter-ministerial committee, to address the impact of climate change.
“Mainstreaming climate change/environmental issues into NIP-2 of the Nigeria vision 20:2020 will help to address the looming negative impacts of climate change.
“It will turn the challenges into opportunities for national sustainable and low carbon development path.
“So, I charge you to reaffirm strategies for dealing with the implementation challenges of mainstreaming climate change/environmental issues for achieving sustainable development and poverty eradication in Nigeria,” she said.
In his goodwill message, Mr George Nwalupue, the Director, Social Development, National Planning Commission, said that the issue of environment was now on the front burner.
“I am particularly delighted that today’s meeting is actually coming up at the right time, when climate change and environmental issues and their attendant consequences are now on the front burner.
“A recent example is the 2012 flood with its attendant devastation on the citizens and the economy.
“Also, the need for us as a nation to articulate projects and programmes towards mitigating such future occurrence,” he said.
While commenting, Prof. Emmanuel Oladipo, a resource person at meeting, said addressing environmental problems required huge financial resources, stressing on the need to be more focused in addressing environmental problems.
“It is not enough to tackle erosion in Anambra alone because, the whole of the ministry’s budget, which is N7 billion may not be enough to solve erosion problem in the state.
“So, you have to separate which of the environmental problems you will mainstream into the national plan to achieve desired results.
“The ministry should work closely with other ministries and relevant agencies to address these challenges.
“The Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) should start advocating and creating awareness on the dangers of not addressing environmental problems,” he said.
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