The Federal Government says it has trained more than 10,000 refrigeration technicians and provided Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and refrigerants’ identifiers in the refrigeration servicing sector, to ensure effective ozone friendly.
The Minister of Environment, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, said this at the commemoration of World Ozone Day, (WOD), in Abuja.
Abdullahi said that the theme for the 2022 WOD was “Montreal Protocol at 35: Global Cooperation Protecting life on Earth”.
He said the theme highlighted the protocol’s positive impact on the Ozone Layer and Climate over the past 35 years.
The minister said that the theme also recognized its wider impact on climate change and the need for global cooperation to further address the challenges of Ozone Layer Depletion and climate.
He said that the government in line with the protocol’s ODS phase-out schedule, had assisted over 700 Large, Small and Medium Scale enterprises.
Abdullahi said that the assistance was in foam, refrigeration and air conditioning, aerosols and solvent sectors, adding that the effort was to convert to Ozone friendly substances and technologies.
He said that the commitment resulted in 100 per cent phase out of over 4,000 metric tonnes of ODSs, with high Ozone ODPs. The Minister said that about 26 institutions, polytechnics and government technical colleges, were identified and equipped to serve as training centres on good refrigeration practices.
“Therefore, we have trained the trainers from the identified centres and developed training manuals on good refrigeration practices.
“These have also led to the training of more than 10,000 refrigeration technicians in the refrigeration servicing sector.
“However, we have trained more than 850 chemical regulatory and enforcement officers on identification of ODSs, to ensure their effective control and provided the relevant agencies with ODSs refrigerants’ identifiers,’’ he said.
Abdullahi said that the ODS phase out activities were achieved with support from the Multilateral Fund (MLF) for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol to meet its compliance obligations.
He said that under the refrigeration and air conditioning servicing sector, a lot had been achieved through the support of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The minister said that procurement of servicing equipment for two master training centres, 16 other training centres and a reclamation centre, among others had been achieved.
Abdullahi said that Nigeria had ratified the Kigali Amendment, adding that it had also come into force.
He said that the implementation of the amendment would provide an opportunity to adapt ozone and climate-friendly technologies and improve energy efficiency in the cooling sector.
“In order to establish a regulatory framework for its implementation, my ministry updated the existing Ozone Layer Regulations (2009).
“This is to include provisions and guidelines for the phase down of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HFCs) in line with the amendment.
“The updated regulation is now known as The Ozone Layer Protection and HFCS Phase Down Regulation 2022. “We will continue to work with other relevant agencies for effective enforcement of the regulations,’’ he said.
The minister was represented by the Director, Pollution Control and Environmental Health of the Ministry, Mr Charles Ikea. The UNDP Programme Manager, Mr Oladipo Osibo, said that the ozone layer was important in protecting lives on earth.
Osibo said that the essence of celebrating the preservation of the Ozone Layer was to raise awareness on the importance of the ozone layer and other living things on the surface of the earth.
He, however, encouraged Nigerians to do all that could be done, by intensifying effort in ensuring that the earth was protected.
The Federal Government on Friday unveiled the Nigeria Cooling Action Plan (N-CAP), to promote sustainable and affordable access to cooling system.
The Minister of Environment, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, while unveiling the N-CAP at the commemoration of World Ozone Day (WOD) in Abuja, said the objective of N-CAP was to deliver the global environment agenda.
The minister was represented by Mr Charles Ikea, Director, Pollution and Environmental Health of the ministry.
Abdullahi said that the WOD is an annual event that commemorates the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol (MP) on substances that deplete the Ozone layer in 1987. He said the Montreal Protocol has continued to provide a platform for more than 198 countries to work together to phase out Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), so as to protect the Ozone layer.
Abdullahi said that the protocol was the most successful environmental agreement to date, with universal ratification.
The minister said that the theme for the 2022 WOD is “Montreal Protocol at 35: Global Cooperation Protecting life on Earth”.
Abdullahi said that the theme highlighted the protocol’s positive impact on the Ozone layer.
He explained that Nigeria signed the Protocol in 1988 and subsequently ratified all its related amendments, to further protect the climate.
Abdullahi said the ministry, with United Nations Development (UNDP), United Nations Industrialisation Development Organisation (UNIDO), had been implementing the phase – out programme in Nigeria.
According to him, in order to ensure the operationalisation of the N-CAP being unveiled, an implementation plan is developed and agreed by stakeholders.
“The Plan includes the strategies to be adopted, activities or actions to ensure the success of these strategies, the responsible parties and timeline.
“A major strategy of the N-CAP that will support the transformation of the market of inefficient cooling appliances to more efficient ones, is the rebate scheme.
“This is where a large number of energy efficient cooling appliances need to be procured and exchanged with obsolete and inefficient ones at a subsidised price,’’ Abdullahi said.
The minister said that the scheme would require adequate funding, urging financial institutions to co-operate and support the ministry.
He said cooperation of banks would also be needed in the procurement of efficient air conditioners that met the level of the air condition of the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS).
“This is recommended in the N-CAP or even higher.
These efficient air conditioners can be installed in bank`s ATM rooms and other spaces within the banking hall,’’ Abdullahi said.
He called on other development partners to support the government in the implementation of the N-CAP by providing additional funding for the rebate scheme.
“In the hospitality sector, we also seek the co-operation of hotels to procure efficient cooling appliances, within the level of the MEPS recommended in the N-CAP.
“As for the agricultural sector, the N-CAP will play a key role in the efficient preservation of food, thereby, preventing food , through a sustainable and efficient cold chain infrastructure.
“In this, food will be transported from the farms to retail outlets at a favourable temperature that will prevent food spoilage.
“This will hopefully reduce contact between farmers and herders and prevent their incessant clashes,’’ Abdullahi said.
The Regional Director, UNIDO, Mr Jean Bakole, said that 2022 marked the 35th year of signing the Montreal Protocol on substances that depleted the Ozone layer.
Bakole, who was represented by Dr Osuji Otu, National Programme Officer, UNIDO, said that the world achieved industrial success by discovering and manufacturing cooling gases, aerosols for firefighting.
He said that the manufacturing of the items had created problems for the environment.
Bakole assured that the UNIDO would continue its commitment toward supporting the government to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation development.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited and it’s subsidiaries to step in and fix section 4 of the East-West Road.The portion of the road is from Eleme roundabout to Onne Junction, through the tax credit scheme.
Buhari made the remarks at the opening ceremony of a meeting of the 5th National Council on Niger Delta in Uyo on Thursday.
“The East-West Road project which is now being handled by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, is the largest infrastructure project in Nigeria.
“It is a very strategic road, connecting the country’s busiest and foremost commercial cities in the region.
“This would be expeditiously addressed, considering the importance of the road to our national economy,” Buhari said.
Buhari, who was represented by Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, the Minister of Environment, reassured that the completion of the East-West Road was a top priority for this administration.
The President noted that one of the cardinal mandates of his administration was to tackle corruption.
He explained that Forensic Audit of NNDC had been submitted, noting that the implementation of it’s recommendations had begun in phases.
“I hereby assure you that this process will eventually bring about the constitution of a new Board for the Commission, which is the desire of most stakeholders in the region,” he said.
Mr Umana Umana, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, said the objective of the conference was to canvass for more and sustained collaboration with development partners and other stakeholders in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes designed for the improvement of life in the Niger Delta Region.
Umana said the meeting was important item in the ministry and other stakeholders for the opportunity to take stock of collective engagement with the mandate of reinventing the Niger Delta Region.
He said that the theme of the council meeting was: “Harnessing 21st Century Development Initiatives and Strategies for Greater Development impacts in the Niger Delta Region.
”He said the theme further addressed the urgent need to constantly develop new strategies that could help Federal Government to reposition the Niger Delta for a better economic standing on infrastructure, healthcare, manpower development and security.
Umana said that the ministry was partnering relevant agencies, development partners, International Oil Company (IOCs) and other stakeholders on infrastructure development, investment in social services and institutional capacity building for Niger Delta Region to achieve it’s mandate.
Umana who is also the Chairman of Council, promised to publish a compendium of projects undertaken by the ministry in all the Niger Delta Region.
The United States Government is to commit 200 million U.
S. dollars to start-up process on Clean Energy Demand Initiative to help address climate change in the country.
S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, Mr John Kerry, made the commitment when his team paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Environment, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, in Abuja on Tuesday.
Kerry, who also signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the minister on the initiative, said the programme started in Glasgow.
According to him, the initiative is a way by which companies and countries can make decisions to implement buying or production of green products.
“The initiative is also to accelerate the marketplace creation, so that it will help transition programme faster and help to achieve a clean energy economy as well as dealing with climate crisis.
“The minister has agreed in the letter of intent.
We have 200 million dollars at the moment committed to the startup in the process of safety,” he said.
Kerry said the initiative would take a lot of billions of dollars and trillions of investment in the country.
”We talked today about the ways in which we can be helpful to bring major amount of capital to the table with technology to help Nigeria, move faster to the clean energy economy.
“That is the future and all of the citizens of Nigeria will benefit from cleaner air,” he said.
He said that the programme would provide job opportunities and develop economic as well as promoting a healthy environment in the country.
“I will like to explore with you and listen to you to think through how we can work together as you implement your own climate change.
“As you also think about the long term future and sustainability for Nigeria for the Africa, we will like to explore with you on how we can increase the ambition that you have set out already in your Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
“I congratulate you.
Nigeria is taking a lead towards COP 27 and it is an opportunity to reduce emissions and deal with the climate crisis.
“So, on that note, the initiative is a very important effort to try to send a signal to the marketplace and to bring your businesses to the table.
“We are going to work together.
I’ve got a good team here.
“We are all working on this programme every day, trying to figure out the road ahead and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about that,” he said.
The minister said the MoU would help Nigeria to participate in the clean energy demand initiative being supported by the U.
He said the essence of the initiative was to ensure a healthy and clean energy accessible in the country.
He thanked the U.
S. Government for the support and commitment in ensuring that environmental crisis is tackled in the country.
Abdullahi said that the ministry was also committed to strongly work with the U.
S Government for effective implementation of environmental programmes and achieve net zero in the country.
Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General (DG) of the National Biosafety Agency Management (NBMA), on Tuesday assured Nigerians that the centre would address the lingering environmental issues in the country.
He said this at the unveiling of the Rufus Ebegba Centre (REC) for Leadership and Environmental Sustainability and book launch in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the book is titled “Developmental Drive and Strategies, Solution Approach”.
The DG said that without an ideal environment, man could not survive, hence “environment is where we all live”.
He said that his vision is to see how a world where leadership would always be there for the people could be created.
He said in spite of the threats in the country, citizens had a duty towards leadership.
The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, commended the efforts of the DG for the unveiling of the centre and the book launch.
The Senate President, who is represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Otive Igbuzor, urged everyone to take part in the development of the country so as not to leave it for the government alone.
The Emir of Nasarawa, Malam Ibrahim Jibril, urged everyone to take environmental issues serious as they were front burners that had consequences on humans.
The emir who is also a former Minister of Environment, said the environmental issues were occasioned by climate change and had consequences on the socio economic activities of Nigerians.
Jibril commended the DG for establishing the centre where researches could be carried out on environmental issues and sustainability.
The DG of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, said that writing book and establishing a centre was a legacy left for everyone to benefit.
He commended Ebegba for conceiving a centre that would transform the lives of people in the country.
“Touching lives of people is something that not everyone of us has the ability to do,” DG NABDA said.
The Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammed Abdullahi, said the centre would offer a lot in the area of biosafety, biotechnology, biosecurity and bio regulations on genetic applications in the country.
The minister, who is represented by his Special Assistant on Environment, Mr Abdulkadir Abdullahi assured of his support for the centre.
The book reviewer Prof. Peter Anyaegbu, said that the book was a veritable tool to the politicians of conscience, civil servants and students of various courses.
He said that it classically discussed the state of Nigeria today and proffered solutions to it in order to achieve a viable and stable economy in Nigeria.
The book has 15 chapters and 188 pages.
The Director General (DG)of the National Biosafety Agency Management (NBMA) Dr Rufus Ebegba on Tuesday assured Nigerians that his Centre would address the lingering environmental issues in the country.
Ebegba said this at the unveiling of the Rufus Ebegba Centre (REC) for Leadership and Environmental Sustainability and book launch in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the book is titled “Developmental Drive and Strategies, Solution Approach”.
The DG said that without an ideal environment man cannot survive, hence the environment is where all humans live.
He said that his vision is to see how a world where leadership would always be there for the people can be created.
Ebegba said that in spite of the threats in the country, the citizens had a duty towards leadership.
In his own speech, the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, commended the efforts of Ebegba in unveiling the centre and launching of the book.
Omo-Agege who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Otive Igbuzor, urged everyone to take part in the development of the country and not leave it for the government alone.
The Emir of Nasarawa, Malam Ibrahim Jibril urged Nigerians to take environmental issues seriously as they were front burners that had consequences on humans.
Jibril who was also a former Minister of Environment said that the environmental issues were occasioned by climate change and had consequences on the socio economic activities of Nigerians.
The Emir commended the DG for establishing the centre where researches could be carried out on environmental issues and sustainability.
The Director General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, said that writing a book and establishing a centre was a legacy left for everyone to benefit.
Mustapha commended Ebegba for conceiving a centre that would transform the lives of people in the country.
“Touching lives of people is something that not everyone of us has the ability to do,” he said.
The Minister of Environment Dr Mohammed Abdullahi said that the centre would offer a lot in the area of biosafety, biotechnology, biosecurity and bio regulations on genetic applications in the country.
Abdullahi who was represented by his Special Assistant on Environment, Mr Abdulkadir Abdullahi promised to support the centre.
The book reviewer, Prof. Peter Anyaegbu said that the book was a veritable tool to politicians of conscience, civil servants and students of various courses.
Anyaegbu said that the book classically discussed the state of Nigeria today and proffered solutions to challenges in order to achieve a viable and stable economy in Nigeria.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says that global carbon trade has, in a short space of time, grown into a market worth over $175 billion annually.
The UNDP Representative, Mr Mohammed Yahaya, disclosed this at the inuaguration l of Development of Nigeria Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) on Tuesday in Abuja.
Yahaya also said, according to a data made available from World Atlas, that as at 2020, carbondioxide emissions for Nigeria was about 126,9 million tonnes.
He said that the emission was coming mainly from burning of fossil fuel and heavy industries such as cement manufacturing.
“For country like Nigeria, carbon trading should be looked for both medium and long term objectives which at the end of the day, will provide a lot of environmental benefits to the country.
“In some countries, carbon emission trading has been known to be source of generating money for nature-based solutions to climate change.
“This belief can be said to be the same for Nigeria in the nearest future,” he said.
Yahaya said that history of carbon markets could be marked as a great political success story and an integral part of international climate change policies across the world.
He explained that carbon credits were provided for activities that claimed to benefit the climate, either by removing carbon dioxide from the air or preventing it from being emitted.
The UNDP representative said that carbon trading was the procurement of such credits.
According to him, this is what has given birth to ETS, which has, however, given flexibility to governments to deal with vested interests.
“It has also allowed governments and decision makers to focus on the acceptability of the initial allocation in both domestic and international contexts.
“Emissions trading systems expose emitters to the external costs of emissions in the most flexible and least costly way,” he said.
Yahaya said that the design of the system needed to consider local contexts and regulations, as well as interlinkages with other policy priorities in each jurisdiction.
He, therefore, said that emissions trading was likely to be part of a broader policy mix to control emissions from the whole economy.
He added that an emission trading scheme was potentially one of the most powerful tools to build an effective global response to climate change.
“It is also a tool that will meet the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) commitments that the Nigerian government has made to the UNFramework Convention on Climate change.
The Minister of Environment, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, said that launching of the ETS was a sign of commencement of activities such as sensitising the public, and ensuring coordination with other relevant arms of government.
Abdullahi said it would also ensure coordination between the development partners under the leadership of the ministry with active collaboration of Ministry of Trade and Industries.
He thanked the UNDP and other relevant stakeholders for the support provided to ensure that policies and programmes were implemented in the country.
Also, the Representative of Foriegn Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Nigeria, Mr Adesuwa Obasuyi, said the UK Government would remain committed to support Nigeria’s carbon markets development.
Adesuwa, also the Climate Change Policy Manager in British High Commission, encouraged other relevant stakeholders to be involved in assisting Nigeria in adressing environmental crises“I encourage other donors, businesses, civil society and other stakeholders to be closely involved and engaged in the process, so that together we can work to make Nigeria net zero.
The Federal Government has called on Nigerians and other relevant stakeholders for effective collaboration to eliminate mosquito hazards across the country.
The Minister of Environment, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, made the call while commemorating 2022 World Mosquito Day, in Abuja on Monday.
The theme of the WMD was “Harnessing Innovation to Reduce the Disease Burden and Save Lives”.
Abdullahi also urged individuals, family and community members to imbibe the preventive measures by keeping waste materials and junks away from village squares.
According to him, Nigerians should ensure that their environment is clean and healthy, using wire mesh to reduce mosquito entry into living room and bedrooms.
He said they should also not keep derelict or disused materials in and around dwellings; regular cleaning and removal of waste and junk materials should be done.
“Essentially, people should endeavor to seek assistance of trained Environmental Health Practitioners on best ways of handling Mosquitoes and other animal disease vectors generally,’’ he said.
The minister said that the ministry would ensure working with both national and local government levels on matters of disease vectors control, to attain the goal of eliminating Mosquitoes scourge.
He said that local government Environmental Health Authorities should make adequate logistics provision for effective conduct of Environmental Health Surveillance of premises.
“This is to identify mosquito harborage, mosquito infestation surveys in domestic, commercial and industrial premises and ensure reporting of activities accordingly.
“Our resolve on this cause will no doubt be accomplished without the support and collaboration of the private sector; we will continue to engage with them,’’ he said.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria has the world’s highest malaria burden with an annual reported cases of 55 million and 207,000 deaths.
“It is also estimated that nearly 173 million Nigerians are at risk of being infected.
’’ The minister said that several efforts had been made internationally, nationally and locally to combat the malaria scourge.
He added that recently President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the Nigeria End Malaria Council (NEMC), and mandated it to ensure successful implementation of the programme.
He said that the ministry was solidly behind the president in achieving the onerous target set for the NEMC which was quite achievable with the right implementation of strategies utilising collaboration.
He said interventions would be based on the resolve of the president’s administration to ensure the protection of the health of Nigerians and in the spirit of one health.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said that the ministry placed a strong importance on interventions that would limit the vector-human contact towards protecting people from the diseases.
Ehanire said more than 30 Anopheles species of mosquitoes had been reported across the five geo-ecological zones in Nigeria.
“One reason why the mosquito has thrived across all parts of the country is its ability to breed and proliferate under unusual conditions.
“The ministry, in recognition of the importance of this critical vector and the diseases it transmits, established the Integrated Vector Management Branch within the National Malaria Elimination Programme.
“The essence of the programme is to coordinate all efforts to mitigate the impact of the diseases.
Ehanire said the objective of the National Malaria Strategic Plan was to seek to improve access and utilisation of vector control interventions to at least 80 per cent of targeted population by 2025. “Some of the vector interventions being deployed include mass distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) on the principle,’’ he said.
The minister said that the NMEP, in collaboration with partners, has established 29 entomological surveillance sentinel sites across the country.
He said the purpose of the establishment was to monitor the vector behaviour and insecticide resistance patterns across the different ecological zones of the country.
He said that Nigeria had been profiled for critical locations where Indoor Residual Spraying was urgently required with about 25 states.
The minister, however, called on public to support the malaria elimination efforts, adding that a large part of the implicating factors rested on human attitudinal change.
“Simple actions like keeping our immediate environment clean, ridding our surroundings of refuse and unwanted receptacles, screening out windows and doors will suffice.
“Also, sleeping inside insecticide-treated bed nets every night will go a long way in curbing the malaria menace as well as other mosquito-borne diseases,’’ he said.
Ehanire was represented by Dr Perpetual Uhomoibhi, National Coordinator, Malaria Elimination Programme.
The Clean Nigeria Steering Committee chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has approved measures to end open defecation in Nigeria by 2025. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the committee approved measures to accelerate access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
The committee virtually approved prayers contained in the “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign”, 2022 mid-year report.
The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, had earlier made a presentation on the ongoing Clean Nigeria campaign.
He said that the slow advancement in the finalisation and roll out of the Tax Credit Scheme and Blue Bond Programme as part of challenges affecting the country-wide campaign.
The prayers to the steering committee approved during the meeting include support strong advocacy to policy makers at subnational level for prioritisation and funding of campaign implementation “ Support strong advocacy on public private partnership for sanitation services improvement in public places “Support of Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning on the finalization of the issuance of the Blue Bond “Support of Federal Ministry of Justice, Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Inland Revenue Service on the finalization of Tax Credit Scheme under the Executive Order 009 “Federal Ministries of Education, Environment and Health to accelerate the initiative of Schools WASH and Health WASH program towards improving access to Sanitation and Hygiene facilities in schools and Healthcare centres “Members of steering committee to champion the delivery of their respective LGAs as Open Defecation Free in collaboration with the Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.
’’ Speaking while approving the prayers contained in the report, Osinbajo said the recommendations captured the gaps and the sort of support required.
“I think that we are making steady progress but there is need for us to do a bit more because only 18 per cent of our people have access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in public places.
” He said that performances in schools and public places must improve.
The vice president called on stakeholders to do more with the sub-nationals.
“The states hold the aces to make the required efforts to make substantial progress.
“The fact that more states have Open Defecation Free (ODF) status means we are on course.
” Other officials present at the meeting included the Minister of Environment, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan and representatives of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON).
Representatives of UNICEF, the Organised Private Sector Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (OPS WASH), and the Diaspora Commission also attended the meeting.
The Minister of Environment, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, says that the work plan for the implementation of the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi- Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project will cost $472. 8 million dollars.
Abdullahi disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the ACReSAL Technical Committee Workshop in Lagos.
He said that the national steering committee, comprising the Ministries of Environment, Agriculture and Water Resources have considered the report of the technical committee on the ACReSAL project.
“Today, we considered the report of the technical committee, which is essentially the work plan and action plan that will now govern implementation across the 19 states and the FCT.
“In the spirit of transparency, and in terms of World Bank protocol, we are going to tell you clearly the total cost of the work plan, which is about 472,870,000 dollars.
“That is the total cost of the work plan to be implemented across the 19 States and the FCT, together with some Federal Government agencies involved in some components of the project.
“This is a six year programme and we are going to start implementation as soon as we have the go ahead from the World Bank,” Abdullahi said.
He said that the bank would also review the plan.
“It is possible that we stay within this threshold or it will go lower; that depends on the input from the World Bank,” Abdullahi said.
The minister urged the states to build institutional synergy among the various ministries involved in the project for the overall sustainability of the ACReSAL project.
He added that the essence of the project was for efficient land management, environmental sustainability and improvement on the wetlands.
He appealed for deliberate efforts from all stakeholders to ensure its success, adding that ACReSAL had no political party.