Nasarawa State Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura has made a case for action in the areas of waste management and flooding among other issues that constitute a bane to the environment.
In his speech at 10th National Council on Environment, Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura called on the Federal government to extend the environmental clean up to Nasarawa state due to the level of environmental degradation in the state. He explained that the state witnessed a high level of indiscriminate environmental activities as a result of influx people to the state due proximity of the state to the Federal Capital Territory.
Gov. Almakura commended the Federal Government for according premium attention to issues that affect the environment, lauding the Federal Government for emphasis on the diversification of the economy,
The Governor called on the Federal Government to make available floods automated early warning equipment in floods prone areas.
Gov. Almakura also pledged to provide a conducive environment to private sector that is interest to invest in the state due the abundant resources in the state.
He commended the Federal Ministry of Environment for giving
the state the opportunity to host the event.
The Minister of Environment Amina Muhammad speaking at 10th National Council on Environment held in Lafia stated that the Federal Government has planned to launch clean and green campaign to address the menace open defecation and indiscriminate disposal of plastics and bags in the country.
Highlighting some of the efforts of her Ministry towards containing environmental issues, Amina Muhammed said the government initiatives on waste to wealth are to protect the environment from pollution and to create entrepreneurs in waste management and alternative cleaner energy sources, she affirmed that the ministry is synergising with NIMET on the issues of flood, just as she posited that a waste to wealth programme is to be located in Nasarawa state because of the enormous challenges in Karu axis.
On the issue of the conference, she said the current administration is reflected as one of the six core pillars of the government's agenda.
The Minister of Environment explained that her ministry was set up to contribute to the agenda with its new vision of empowering people, tackling climate action and protecting the environment.
The Minister of Environment whom had earlier paid a cutesy call on Governor Almakura where she applauded him for the warm welcome the state and its people had given the 10th National Council Family, commended him for development initiatives and his efforts in transforming the state forward.
Minister of Niger Delta, Minister of state for Environment, representative of UNEDO, UNDP, the Emir of Keffi Shehu Chindo yamusa the second, Chairman House of Assembly Committee on Environment, Hon. Ibrahim Bala Moskolo and State Commissioner of Environment, Gabriel Akaaka where all confident in the ability of the Council of Environment to produce the desired road map that will help towards ensuring environmental sustainability.
In his speech, on behalf of the state traditional council, the Emir of Keffi, Shehu Cindo Yamusa called on the stake holders to address the illegal activities at the state forest where millions of trees were cut down.