Minister of State for the Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, revealed this at the closing of the 15th National Environment Council, NCE, on Friday in Abuja.
Ikeazor said the employment opportunities were the result of the ministry’s effective collaboration with other private sectors across the country.
“The ministry was able to create 74,413 direct and indirect jobs through the implementation of various people-focused projects and programs in the second quarter of 2021.
“A total number of 25,263 people classified as rural and poorest of the poor received various trainings and supports for the improvement of livelihoods and went ahead to earn a decent living,” he said. she declared.
Ikeazor said the ministry had worked hard to meet obligations under the Paris Agreement to which it was a signatory, adding that the government had been able to meet its obligations.
She said some of the achievements included revising the national climate change policy, NPCC, which was approved in June by the Federal Executive Council.
She also said the government had developed an adaptation communication document, which would highlight efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
“The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), COP 26 meeting scheduled for Glasgow later this month, will be an opportunity to showcase our achievements.
“He will also address the agenda items for discussion that are of immediate importance to Nigeria, in particular.
“It will also mobilize funding to fight climate change, by stepping up adaptation by strengthening our capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change and by finalizing the Paris Regulation,” she said.
The Minister reiterated the government’s commitment to the Nigeria Energy Transition Plan for universal access to energy by 2030; zero carbon emissions by 2050; and industrialization to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth.
She said Nigeria recently participated in the high-level dialogue, adding that it provided the nation with a rare opportunity to show ambition to achieve the global target in this regard.
“The nation in alignment with the global community is also focusing on the following five themes to achieve this goal: access to energy; energy transitions.
“Others are, energy action to advance other SDGs; capacity building and data; and finance and investment, ” she said.
The permanent secretary of the ministry, Hassan Musa, also said that the NCE meeting would review the level of implementation of the council’s decisions from the previous year and assess development progress in the sector.
Musa said the meeting has been a platform for sector stakeholders to critically review and endorse the political and sector-focused direction.
He said the theme of the 2021 NCE meeting titled: “Assessing Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in the Environmental Sector: A Call to Action for the Environment of Our Dreams” was appropriate.
He added that the theme was timely as it puts environmental issues at the forefront.
In addition, Jean Bakole, National Representation of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO, said the cost of inaction on environmental issues can be unspeakable and better imagined than real.
According to him, mutational and congenital malformations are on the increase, life expectancy is reduced, food security problems are on the increase, freshwater stress and scarcity on the increase.
“In addition, forests suffered annual losses of 5.2 million hectares between 2000 and 2010 (BM). Livelihoods are threatened and security threats are increasing, a good example is the Lake Chad basin area.
“COVID-19 is a good example of an environmental challenge that we have not all seen coming, but behind the changes lie opportunities, so Nigeria must take advantage of possible opportunities,” he said.
Mr. Bakole, represented by Yomi Banjo, environmentalist at UNIDO, congratulated the Ministry of Environment for ensuring the effective implementation of various projects in the sector.
He said UNIDO was able to help countries identify and resolve emerging environmental issues and would continue to ensure that it achieved its goal.
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