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We Are Working on Greener, Cleaner Nigeria For Future Generations – minister

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Minister of humanitarian affairs, Umar Farouq, says the government is working to ensure a cleaner and greener environment for the country’s posterity.

According to a statement by Nneka Anibeze, her special adviser on media, Farouq said this on Thursday during the global launch of the 2022 humanitarian overview by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

She said: Our focus towards reversing climate change requires vision, fortitude and coordinated action. This is a collective vision and must be deployed through engagement with international, regional and state actors,” 

“I believe, we as a government play a critical role in making sure that we provide the leadership required to achieve the vision, to ensure a stronger, greener and cleaner Nigeria for generations to come.

“Climate and health related disasters require both short and long term thinking and action, local and global perspectives and the ability of government to work with critical stakeholders to adapt strategies that aid citizens to safely navigate their changing environment.

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“This is in addition to a national climate change policy and programme of action, a national gender climate change action plan, the national climate change youth innovation platform and the national  flood emergency preparedness and response plan.”

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The minister added: “These government policies, action plans and programmes address the nexus between climate change, gender and security, migration and humanitarian issues,” 

“We are focused on building the resilience needed to help Nigerians, especially persons of concern, survive the challenges of climate change, now and in the future. 

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“Key to our efforts is to recognise and resolve how climate disproportionately affects the vulnerable, especially women, and why it is necessary to mobilise and amplify youth voices as we work towards developing market-driven solutions to combat climate change.” 

 

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