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Environment Minister Solicits Senate Committee Support to Achieve Mandate

Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Balarabe Lawal Abbas, has promised that the ministry will work with the National Assembly to come up with a roadmap that would assist the ministry in achieving its mandate among which is a sustainable environment and mitigating climate change.

The Minister disclosed this on Friday, October 27, 2023, during a working visit by the Senate Committee on Environment led by the Chairman, Senator Yunus Biodun Akintunde, and other Members of the Committee to the Ministry in, Abuja.

Lawal solicited the support and cooperation of the Members of the Committee in the area of funding, stressing that the National Assembly is key for the Ministry to deliver optimally on its mandate.

He promised to operate an open-door policy to the members of the National Assembly and all relevant stakeholders on issues relating to the environment sector.

Lawal assured the Senate Committee on Environment that the ministry would work hand in hand with the Committee, emphasizing, that the environment ministry would soon be unveiling what it intends to do by collaborating with all relevant stakeholders in order to achieve the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

In his remark, the Minister of State for Environment, Dr Iziaq Adekunle Salako, stated that of the eight Point Renewed Hope Agenda of the Mr President, five of them are Ministry of Environment-related issues.

Dr. Salako revealed that the Federal Ministry of Environment and its agencies needed maximum support from the National Assembly in terms of budgetary allocation for effective service delivery.

Earlier, the Chairman Senate Committee on Environment, Senator Yunus Bioudun Akintunde, reassured the Ministry of their support and hence, the working visit is to familiarise the Committee with the Ministry and its Agencies with a view to evolving a synergy and effective formulation, processing, implementation and monitoring of government programmes and projects to excellently deliver on the “Renewed Hope” of the current Administration.

As part of the Legislative oversight functions, Senator Yunus stressed: “The Committee will want to know your level of preparation, constraints, policy direction, programmes and projects in the 2024 Appropriation Bill (2024 Budget), and the processes and actions your Ministry and Agencies have undertaken so far in these regards”.

Speaking further, Senator Yunus tasked the Ministry and its Agencies to carry the Committees along on the consultation, conferment, involvement and collaboration with the National Assembly on programmes/projects choice, formulation and location in the execution of critical intervention constituency projects in the various Senatorial districts across the country.

The Chairman further disclosed that the Legislative chamber would continue to collaborate with the ministry for effective management of the environment to ensure a safe and healthy ecosystem.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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