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Protect Environment To Avert Danger, Minister Counsels Nigerians

Amina Mohammed
Posted: Sep 13, 2016 at 5:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuzor Emejor

Abuja – Mrs. Amina Mohammed, the Minister of Environment, has advised Nigerians to avert danger and risk associated with degradation of the environment by protecting the environment.

Speaking on Tuesday at the meeting of the African Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions Working Group on Environmental Auditing (AFROSAI-WGEA) in Abuja, Mohammed warned that unless Nigerians care for the environment, their lives would be at risk.

“Our environment is our sustenance and unless we care for our environment, our lives will be at risk.

“Unless we have a clear knowledge of what is happening to our environment, we may not be able to make appropriate policies for sustainable environmental management.

“The quest for sustainable environmental management is a global concern, as the impacts of climate change, high rate of deforestation, loss of biodiversity, land degradation, desertification and flooding are staring us in the face.”

To this end, she noted that the present administration had made sustainable environmental management as one of its six pillars, adding that the protection of the environment is the responsibility of all citizens.

While assuring that the Federal Government would continue to provide an enabling environment for the protection of the environment, the minister said the environmental audit was an essential component of sustainable environmental management, as it provides the mechanism  for allowing people to know what has gone wrong over time and highlights the need for urgent policy framework by the government.

Also speaking at the event, Mrs. Mbah Fomundam,  the AFROSAI Secretary General and Chair of the AFROSAI Working Group on Environmental Audit, called on the African governments to promote good governance to ensure that commitments’ taken in the area of environmental protection and sustainable development produce credible results.

The theme of the conference which is “Working together for a sustainable and healthy environment in Africa,” she explained, calls for respect of the environment, which is common heritage without which no life is possible.

“This theme goes beyond simple respect, as it invites us to adopt a vision, to strengthen our ties and adopt an active and forward looking attitude to the environment,” she stated.