President Buhari Promises ‘environmental justice’ for sustainable growth

President Buhari Promises ‘environmental justice’
for sustainable growth

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday
in Abuja conferred the Environmental
Friendly awards on six Nigerians,
promising that his administration would
ensure “environmental justice” for
sustainable growth and development.
The President, who was represented by
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, conferred
the awards at a Gala Night marking the
World Environment Day 2015 at the
Banquet Hall of the State House.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports
that beneficiaries of the awards include
former Minister of Defence, retired
General Theophilus Danjuma, who was
conferred with the “Champion for the
Conservation of Biodiversity”.
Ajoke Mohammed was also given the
“Pioneer Horticulturist and
Environmental Conservationist” award,
while Chief Philip Asiodu, the President
of the Nigerian Conservation
Foundation, was also honoured.
Others are Chief Giwa Rodipe, an
advocate for private participation in
forest conservation and
industrialisation, and Dr. Newton
Jibunoh, advocate for the fight against
desert encroachment.
Olatunji Oyefuga, developer of
environmental management technology
systems, was also honoured.
In his speech, President Buhari said the
wind of change being witnessed across
all sectors of the society, including the
environmental sector, would ensure
sustainable growth and development.
He said: “On our part we will
consolidate on the gains so far achieved
under this project.
“We will provide the support needed to
ensure that the wind of change, which
has come the way of our polity, comes
also to the environmental sector for
sustainable growth and development.
“Our theme for the Environmental Day
speaks of the crucial aspect of
environmental justice.
“It reminds us that our world belongs
to seven billion others, aside from
ourselves, and that their habits as
people and policies as government
determine whether we will treat others
fairly or justly.”
Buhari noted that environmental
problems, including flood and climate
change, were assuming a higher
dimension, warning that they would
have negative impact on Nigeria’s food
security if not properly handled.
“If the environmental issues are properly
managed, they have the potential to
support growth,” he added.
In his remarks, the Head of Service of
the Federation, Danladi Kifasi, stressed
the need for Ministries, Departments
and Agencies to develop environmental
regulations and procedures.
Fikasi said: “This will help to ensure
clean environment in the MDAs.”
Kifasi, therefore, announced that awards
would henceforth be given to the most
environmental-friendly MDA from 2016.
He urged all MDAs to put in place
sound waste management system,
saying such system would help in
reducing cost of governance.
NAN reports that June 5 of every year
has been set aside to mark the World
Environmental Day.
The theme for this year’s World
Environmental Day is: “Seven billion
dreams. One planet. Consume with
care.”
NAN.

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