Minister Appeals to Senate for support on FG mandates
By Faridat Salifu
In a recent development, the Senate Committee on Environment, under the leadership of Chairman Senator Yunus Biodun Akintunde, conducted an official visit to the Ministry located in Mabushi, Abuja.
During this visit, Minister of Environment, Balarabe Lawal Abbas, underscored the ministry’s commitment to collaborating with the National Assembly to chart a strategic roadmap for the fulfillment of its mandate.
The significance of the National Assembly’s support and financial cooperation in ensuring the optimal performance of the Ministry cannot be overstated.
Minister Abbas reiterated his dedication to maintaining an open-door policy, extending invitations to members of the National Assembly and other stakeholders to actively engage in critical discussions regarding environmental matters.
Furthermore, Minister Lawal assured the Senate Committee on Environment of the Ministry’s unwavering commitment to work closely with the Committee, unveiling collaborative plans with stakeholders to actualize President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s ambitious “Renewed Hope Agenda.”
Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Iziaq Adekunle Salako, highlighted that five out of the eight points in the agenda are directly related to the Ministry of Environment.
He emphasized the critical need for robust support from the National Assembly, particularly in terms of budget allocation, to ensure effective service delivery.
Chairman Senator Yunus Biodun Akintunde of the Senate Committee on Environment expressed unequivocal support for the Ministry during this visit.
The primary objective of this visit is to strengthen collaboration and facilitate the effective formulation, processing, implementation, and monitoring of government programs and projects, all in alignment with the administration’s “Renewed Hope” agenda.
As part of their oversight functions, the Committee is keen to gain insights into the Ministry’s preparations, challenges, policy direction, programs, projects, and actions earmarked for the 2024 Budget.
Senator Yunus also emphasized the significance of the Ministry and its various agencies actively involving the Committees in consultations, decision-making, and collaboration with the National Assembly concerning the selection, formulation, and allocation of essential intervention constituency projects across the nation.
The Chairman further disclosed the ongoing partnership between the Legislative chamber and the Ministry to ensure the effective management of the environment and the preservation of a safe and healthy ecosystem.
This collaborative effort represents a crucial step toward realizing the environmental goals and aspirations of the nation.