Climate change effects more dangerous than COVID-19 – minister

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Climate change, if not addressed, will make COVID-19 pandemic a child’s play, the Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad  Abubakar, has warned.

At a one-day tour of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF),  Lagos, on Tuesday,  Abubakar called on Nigerians to give adequate attention to mitigation of climate change effects.

According to him, COVID-19 can only kill humans, but climate change can kill humans and their environments.

Abubakar said that the present administration was committed to planting 25 million trees annually to mitigate the effects of climate change.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari administration was committed to raising Nigeria’s biodiversity ranking through increased forestation and other strategies.

He said that the flagging-off of the government’s Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project in Ogoni, Rivers, and erosion control projects across the nation, showed the country’s seriousness in environmental protection.

The minister said that the Federal Government had an environment master plan reviewed regularly to meet climate and environmental realities.

He said that the ministry had concluded a national policy on plastic that would be presented to the Federal Executive  Council

In his address of welcome, the Director-General of NCF, Dr. Muntari Aminu-Kano, described the minister’s appointment as putting a square peg in a square hole.

”This is one of the few times we have had an environmentalist appointed as the environment minister,” Aminu-Kanu said.

He lauded the minister’s efforts in environmental protection and pledged the support of NCF in protecting Nigeria’s environment.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the highpoint of the visit was tree planting in commemoration of the minister’s visit. (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2020 @ 18:45 GMT |

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