FG requests UN assistance on environmental challenges

Minister of the Environment Mohammad Abubakar

Michel Olugbode

The federal government has pleaded with the United Nations and its agencies to support the country in its many environmental challenges.

Environment Minister Dr Mohammad Abubakar made this plea yesterday during a courtesy visit to the ministry by United Nations Under-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed.

The Minister, while praising the contributions of the UN Assistant Secretary during her tenure as Nigerian Minister of the Environment and her new appointment, said the country enjoys Muhammed-like support at UN Headquarters .

He recalled that among his contributions as Minister were the issuance of first and second sovereign green bonds; the launch of Ogoni clean-up, nationwide reforestation and the Great Green Wall, climate action and desertification control.

Abubakar said that as UN Deputy Secretary General, Mohammed has positioned Nigeria as a champion of energy transition, supported Nigeria’s aspiration to assume leadership of the Pan-African Great Green Wall agency with a view to hosting the UNESCO conference on man and the biosphere with the planned organization of the 33rd Session of the International Co-ordinating Council of Man and the Biosphere (MAB-ICC) in Abuja this year, which will be the first of its kind in Africa.

The minister called for more support through UN agencies for the ministry’s development efforts and the country’s environmental programs.

Earlier, Mohammed had said environmental issues were very important to the UN, declaring the global body’s willingness to help the Nigerian government in difficult areas.

She noted that her visit to the ministry was motivated by the need to know in which areas the UN could help the Nigerian government.

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