Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed has said that as Nigeria strives to green economy, there is the need to begin to reduce environmental degradation, pollution, and the effects of climate change.
The Minister disclosed this to Journalists when she rang the Trade closing Bell at the Nigerian stock exchange in Lagos, recently.
Mohammed was received by the Chief Executive Office of the Exchange, Mr. Oscar Onyema to share the ‘New narrative’ at the Federal Ministry of Environment that focuses on empowering people, taking Climate Action and Protecting the Environment.
She maintained that synergy between the environment ministry and private sector is a key towards sustainable transition to a green economy, noting that it will ensure that industries adhere to standard and regulations on environmental protection.
The minister also said that clean fuels such as biogas, ethanol, solar, LPG and cleaner-burning biomass cookstoves provide a cost-effective way to reducing black carbon, C02 emissions and help improve the health of the poor.
According to her, the era of sustainable development is the paradigm shift needed to ensure that Nigeria protects the planet for future generations by ensuring the interaction of the environment, social and economic needs.
She said that the Ministry is committed to creating opportunities that grow a prosperous nation through an empowered people, capable of taking action and contributing to the protection of the planet.
Mohammed, therefore, urged private sector to contribute to this new change by adopting a business model that is transparent, accountable and encourages women in decision-making roles.