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El-Rufai wants environment ministry to manage ecological fund


Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai has canvassed the transfer of nation’s ecological fund to the Ministry of Environment, arguing that the ministry has the expertise and national reach to manage the fund for the benefit of the country.

El-Rufai made the suggestion when the Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, presented one million seedlings to Kaduna government as part of activities to mark the World Environment Day, at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House.

Justifying his suggestion, he said it was only proper for the fund to be domiciled with the Ministry of Environment to fight erosion, deforestation and desert encroachment.
His words, “Apart from that, the ministry has the knowledge and expertise as well as the national reach to better manage the fund and utilise it for the benefit of the country.”

The governor revealed that he headed a committee during the first term of the present administration, which recommended transfer of the fund to the ministry. According to him, the matter was further tabled before the National Executive Council (NEC) and a decision was taken on it, which has not yet been implemented. Besides, he lamented that Kaduna lost a lot of its forests in the last few years before the coming of his administration, adding that the state was being re-forested.

Earlier, the minister had said that his ministry promised the state five million seedlings in fulfilment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge to plant 25 million trees across the country. He promised that the balance of four million trees would be delivered to the state.


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