By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The National Council on Environment (NCE) said all plans was set to begin the 12th council meeting slated for Monday 29 to Wednesday 31st October in Akure, Ondo state.
Minister of State for Environment ,Ibrahim Jubril made the disclosure to newsmen during a press briefing yesterday in Abuja.
Jubril stated that ,the theme for the 12th council meeting is tagged “Environment and Security in Nigeria :consolidating Nigeria’s Environment Sector Reforms towards Sustainable Development saying that this year”s council meeting is timely and it is in recognition of the inseparability of issues of environment and security.
“over time, there has been growing concerns on pipelines vandalism which has exacerbated pollination problem with the attendant agitation among the coastline dwellers. It is very important to point out that the history of agitation in the Niger Delta cannot have a meaning without the mention of the problem of pollution in the region just as the herder’s farmer’s clashes is to desertification .This is what prompted the government renewed efforts at dealing with issues of environment challenges across the nation. “
Consequently, He said the theme was carefully chosen to reflect the resolve of the government to implement fully the Economic Recovery Growth (ERGP). “the efforts is aimed at guaranteeing the sustainability of our environment and her resources through measures and programmes that ensure halting of further degradation of our land, pollution of air water and coast as highlighted during the 2018 World Environment Day (WED) with the theme “Beat Plastic pollination.”
“the topic is expected to lay a solid foundation for economic growth and national sustainability .The
Effort is a practical demonstration of the government ‘s committee to the Sustainable Development Goal targets that has driven and guided actions in his direction since the inception of the administration “.
According to him, the current administration had embarked upon various flagship programme that including afforestation programme in the 11ftontline states funded by the 150billion green bond programme to fight of drought and desertification and also assist in the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).
He said during the NCE, experts in the sector would present papers that will engage critical emerging concern and also to develop policy frameworks to tackles these challenges in accordance with world best practices.
He pointed out that ,adequate consideration would be given to peculiarities of our issues and people.
“it is expected at the end of the meeting that trending issues that has over time such as flooding, erosion, pollution, desert encroachment, ozone depletion and the attendance problems, genetically modified organisms and environmental security and sustainability should have been exhaustively discussed policy frameworks generated to ensure that our environment is kept safe and sustainable for generations to come.
While calling on the public to protect and sustained it environment because environment is our house and most be a treasured asset”.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Environment Ondo state, Furso Esen assured that the state was set and ready for NCE meeting.