By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has urged agencies in the Federal Ministry of Environment to cooperate with the National Assembly to ensure early approval of the 2020 budget.
Ekweremadu, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment, gave the charge at the National Assembly, Abuja, during an interactive session with MDAs and stakeholders in the environment sector.
“The parliament has given Mr. President and Nigerians their words on early approval of the 2020 budget. Let me, therefore, urge the Honourable Ministers, Chief Executives of the Agencies, and key stakeholders to be adequately prepared for interactive sessions on the budget proposal to enable the National Assembly pass it early” he said.
The Senator, who described the environment as life itself, regretted that Nigeria was not measuring up to the required standards to guarantee a safe and sustainable environment, charged the Ministry and its agencies to work harder to mitigate the huge environmental challenges in the country.
In their various contributions, the Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud, and heads of various agencies under the Ministry, decried poor funding as major setback in the discharge of their mandates.
Other stakeholders at the interactive session include State Commissioners of Environment, oil majors, the Nigerian Environmental Society, Non-Governmental Organisations, among others.