Involve community to halt environmental degradation, Experts urge FG

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It has been observed that the impact of floods being experienced in many parts of the country which is due to climate change has significant effect on food security of the country. 

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the 3rd national virtual colloquium convened by Engr Zayyanu Tambari Yabo  with the theme “sustainable   environment as a critical enabler of national development” held over the weekend

The participants also noted that shrinkage of Lake Chad and desertification has had adverse impact on rural urban migration and security challenges currently being experienced in some parts of the country.  

The Converner, Engineer Zayyanu Tambari Yabo, FNSE

It stressed the need to promote best environmental practices in the country’s day-to-day activities and integrate elements  of  environmental sustainability in the nations programs and projects.  

It also noted that any development that does not impact on both the present and future generations is not considered sustainable.  

According the communique, the measures taken by the Federal Government to eliminate gas flaring in Nigeria through the National Gas Flare Commercialization Programme (NGFCP) was noted as a key milestone in addressing environmental impact from flaring. 

Participants at the 3rd National Colloquium via Zoom webinar

It also noted that environmental degradations have resulted in significant social and economic effects leading to involuntary migrations and upsets in demography and resource availability.  

It further said that grassroot and community  engagement is critical in safeguarding the environment, improving livelihood and driving sustainable development.  

The participants stressed the need to create a synergy between political office holders and policy implementors to engender sustainable environmental protection and  development has been stressed.

They however, called for mutual trust among the stakeholders, transparency, accountability and involvement of the community to sustain environmental development.

Participants during the 2nd National Colloquium held in Sokoto state, on 19th December 2019.

It recommended that the convener and Organizers should consider sustaining the National Colloquium annually, explore other topical issues and involve wider stakeholders for greater impact in the conversations toward deepening Nigeria’s development. 

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