FG, World Bank Deepen Partnership Over Climate Change

The Nigerian Minister of Environment has revealed that addressing climate change is of keen interest to President Bola Tinubu who is concerned about the rapid encroachment of desertification in the northern parts of the country.

Balarabe Abbas Lawal also emphasized the urgency to work hard in order to recover and reclaim lands lost to desertification.

He made the emphasis while addressing a team of environment experts from the World Bank, including Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) officials and other stakeholders at the ACReSAL Federal Project Management Unit (FPMU) recently in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

The minister also stated that “an increased collaboration among the Ministries of Environment, Agriculture and Food Security, Water Resources and Sanitation, as well as the World Bank, will result in the success of the ACReSAL Project

We are not doing this because we have a job, we want to save our environment,” the minister added

While revealing the partnership between the Nigerian government and the World Bank which has led to a multi-institutional machinery to stem the fast-paced degradation of landscapes of the country’s northern region, the minister added that ACReSAL will be pivotal in facilitating the much-needed inter-agency cooperation among the ministries, as well as within the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

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