Move from resource extraction, consumption to repairing – NCE to FG

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The National Council on Environment has advocated a shift from the resource extraction and consumption-based economy of Nigeria to a model that will focus on reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling materials to boost growth.

The council said such an environmentally friendly model will guarantee the de-carbonization and mitigation of climate change for long term sustainability.

The council comprising of Commissioners of Environment from the 36 states of Nigeria, the Ministry of Environment, its MDAs and parastatals, arrived at the resolution during a meeting on “Managing Emerging Environmental Challenges: Need for Strategic Approach to Sustainable Development in Covid-19 Era and Beyond”.

A communiqué at the end of the meeting tasked the federal government to ensure its environmental management and protection effort empowers vulnerable groups and creates jobs through waste to wealth projects, afforestation and reforestation as well as agro-based, smart agriculture.

The communiqué signed by the Ministry’s Director Media, Sagir El Mohammed on behalf of the council called for the ratification of the National Framework for the Application of Climate Services (NFACS) saying it will ensure that climate information was made seamlessly available to all citizens especially the most affected to avert unwanted situations.

‘‘There is the need to vigorously advocate and sensitize all tiers of government and the citizenry on the paradigm shift of using Nature-Based Approach/Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience for Sustainable Environmental Management in line with global best practices’’

‘‘We need to strengthen the states’ technical capacities in sustainable forest and land management practices, including the promotion of agroforestry practices, particularly in the post-covid-19 era.

‘‘There is the need to specifically address the issue of abandoned mine pits across the country in conjunction with the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development to drastically reduce the adverse impact on the environment and human lives, the communiqué said.

 

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