FG poised to achieve sustainable development in environment sector – Amina

Abuja – Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to the sustainable use and management of the environment in the fight against poverty and food security. The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed made the commitment in Abuja, when a business delegation from Finland led by the Finnish Deputy Minister for External Economic Relations, Mr. Matti Anttonen paid her a courtesy visit. In order to foster the commitment; the Minister also declared that the Ministry requires a cooperative business approach between the Federal government and the private sector. She disclosed that the Ministry was putting together a new and an aggressive framework and platform geared towards tackling the challenges posed by climate change such as desertification, waste management and the likes. According to a statement signed by the ministry’s Deputy Director of press, Ben Bem-goong, the minister stated that though, climate change is a serious challenge to sustainable development; it can be mitigated with concerted human efforts and the right technology in place. She maintained that government is fully aware that pollutants are often closely associated with greenhouse emissions; hence, “the federal government is seeking to partner with the private sector to move away from the use of fossil fuel to renewable energy.” According to her, in spite of the encouraging progress being recorded by President Mohammadu Buhari led administration in the fight against Boko Haram and Corruption, she said, “unfortunately, land degradation, deforestation, pollution, inadequate access to clean water and poor sanitary conditions have continued to threaten sustainable development and undermine the sustainable socio-economic development in the country, thereby encouraging social vices including insurgency.” “Over the years, as awareness of the stakes has increased, the government resolve to combat the menace of climate change has also strengthened. “Government is very receptive and open to interested investors both within the country and from the international business community on sustainable development through research, sustained awareness creation campaign that will help inform the populace. “She added. Earlier in his address head of delegation, and Deputy Minister for External Economic Relations of the ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland Mr. Matti Anttoneu told Minister of Environment that his delegation was in the country to seek collaboration in areas of economic development beneficial to environmental sustainability. The Deputy Minister who led a 10-man delegation brought business proposals bothering on transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, environmental health, communication technology, solar power, and waste management

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