By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Worried by the imbalances being experienced in the ecosystem, the Federal Government has embarked on Nature-Based Solution to address the challenges of climate change and resilience.
This according to the Federal Government would bring about the needed restoration as well as the much-needed sustainable development goals, including security, water, disaster risk reduction and livelihood improvement.
The Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar made this known during the 2021 World Environment Day celebration with the theme: Ecosystem Restoration-Resetting Our Relation With Nature,” in Osogbo.
Abubakar said the Federal Government has continued to engage locally and internationally, in addition to the formulation of enabling policies and legislation aimed to bring the alarming rate of deforestation standing at between 3.7 – 4.0% under control.
He said: “Restoring the ecosystem is an ample opportunity explorable by man if the current dangerous trend must be reversed. It indeed, requires resetting our attitude and relation with nature.
“Setting the pace, the Federal Government has made some efforts at all levels of governance to promote resilient environmental sustainability in the context of national development.
“On-going National Afforestation Programme across all the ecological zones of the country including the establishment of Great Green Wall across the frontline States with other associated programmes such as sensitization and awareness creation, promotion of dryland agricultural technology, provision of water for irrigation and domestic uses, development of grazing resources, promotion of alternative and sustainable sources of energy, promotion of alternative means of livelihoods as well as creation of enabling environment for the development of agro-based industries. Others include, reforestation of degraded forest reserves and other landscapes.
“In the on-going National Afforestation Programme, the Ministry has just established four Hectares of forest plantation at Ago Owu Forest Reserve in Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State.”
Abubakar assured that the government will not fail to provide every necessary support required to ensure that Nigerians live in harmony with nature.
Also speaking, Osun State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola called on residents of the state and Nigerians to wake up to the realities of the implications of their actions in relation to their interaction with the environment.
Oyetola disclosed that his administration had commenced proactive steps aimed at addressing unlawful actions of ignorant citizens of the State and their collaborators in order to save the ecosystem and the environment.
In his address, Commissioner for Environment and Sanitation, Mr. Sola Oladepo, appealed to citizens to pay close attention to their relationship with the environment.