Minister of Environment partners EU on environmental sustainability

The Minister of Environment,  Balarabe Lawal has  solicited support and partnership with European Union (EU) to assist  the Ministry  on environmental sustainability and  operation of 10 new National Parks  across the country as the preparation is on top gear for the smooth take off of the new parks to  boost revenue profile, create jobs and attract tourism potentials to the County.

The Minister disclosed this when he received delegations from  EU Countries led by  Amb.  Samuela Isopi, in his office, Abuja.

The Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, Ibrahim Haruna in a statement said, Balarabe , appreciated  the EU for the project as well as huge supports enjoyed by  the two national parks in Gashaka and Gumti Park in Taraba and Cross  River States as he appeals  for  of EU   to extend more support to other National Parks as well.

He further said Nigeria  would  collaborate with EU in combating insecurity challenges  such as porches, loggers and banditry that are causing economic  damage in the County.

”There is need to address  issues of Parks with proper legislation and enforcement  which Nigeria can count on EU for their full support”. He Emphasized.

He further explained that the “Ministry is bringing back the state of Nigeria Environment, which is  the study of  the entire country’s location by location to keep pictures of  the entire environment  of Nigeria.”

Earlier, in her speech the Leader of the EU Ambassadors, Samuela Isopi, commended the Minister of Environment for the warm reception accorded to them as she pointed out  that European Union  sees  Nigeria as a key player on Global Climate Action Plan.

She further explained that  “EU  will continue to  support Nigeria National Parks to the tune of €5million. “Cross River state Park remains the largest rain forest in Nigeria”,  adding that the “Ministry has recruited over 200 rangers,  agents and locals that have received special training to ensure security of the park.

She said EU is also addressing  Post COP28 issues, plastic recycling , energy transition, regulation on food security and dissemination of information and capacity building among others.

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