Poor budgetary allocation, setback to tackling environmental issues – Ekweremadu

Former Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has stated that the perennially low budgetary allocation was the bane of addressing environmental challenges in Nigeria.

He stated this while hosting the Head of Climate Change and Energy, West Africa, British High Commission, Sean Melbourne in Abuja on Wednesday.

Ekweremadu, who noted that the enormity of challenges the nation grappled with meant that the budgetary allocation for environment was perennially low. He called for international support to enable Nigeria to make substantial progress.

He, however, expressed readiness of the National Assembly to partner with the parliament and government of Britain to combat environmental challenges, including climate change.

“The commitment of the Nigerian government to addressing the myriads of environmental challenges is not in doubt. However, funding has been a major challenge. Budgetary provisions would never be enough, given the enormity of the challenges Nigeria is already grappling with in various other areas.

“There are also the issues of policy, enlightenment, national consciousness and capacity building.

“However, environmental issues are global, hence, the need for global cooperation because no country is isolated. What affects one country virtually impacts the rest of the world directly or indirectly.

“Therefore, we are eager to learn, eager to work, and eager to collaborate with the Government of Britain and the rest of the international community in a mutually beneficial partnership to make our environment safer for us and the future generations,” he said.

He also expressed the willingness of the National Assembly to partner with the parliament of the United Kingdom through exchanges to build the requisite legislative capacity and share legal ideas on legal frameworks on environmental issues.

“We are also strong believers in parliamentary diplomacy. And it is important we partner at the level of parliament to parliament, government to government, for the mutual benefit of our peoples and the world”, he added.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Melbourne expressed the readiness of the British government to work with Nigeria to address environmental challenges.

He said that Nigeria, given her size, should be able to tap into global resources for addressing environmental challenges.

He added that the UK would be hosting the 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26), United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 and would therefore relate further with the Committee and the Nigerian government on the event in the days ahead, stressing that the country’s full participation would add to the success of the summit, being a very important country in Africa.

Also at the meeting were the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment, Senator Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia and a member of the Committee, Senator Michael Nnachi.
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