The Green Project Office partners with stakeholders to address environmental issues

The Ecological Project Office (EPO), on Friday, September 9, 2022, pledged to partner with relevant stakeholders to address environmental challenges in the country.

Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). The EPO is domiciled at the Office de la SGF

The Office’s Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr. Famous Eseduwo, made the pledge when the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) visited him in Abuja.

Eseduwo said the EPO was ready and committed to partnering with stakeholders willing to work with the office on environmental issues in the country.

He said that the EPO, as a special environmental office, has no budget allocation but operates with the federal government’s 1% share.

According to him, the office is working alongside four other related agencies including NEMA, Great Green Wall, North Eastern Development Commission and Nigerian Agriculture and Land Development Agency (NALDA) to resolve environmental issues.

He urged NEMA to help educate the public on EPO mandates, adding that there is no sludge fund in the office as it was often misinterpreted by some Nigerians.

EPO Pollution Control Director Clinton Igwe said the Department of Environment was tasked with formulating policies that would tackle environmental challenges in the country.

Igwe said the ministry is best placed to bring together all relevant agencies and stakeholders to produce the National Policy on Floods, Erosion, Earthquakes and Earthquakes in the country.

He added that this effort would accelerate NEMA’s current movement for a lasting solution to the country’s environmental problems.

Speaking earlier, the Deputy Director of Research and Forecasting, NEMA, Mr. Abdullahi Usur said the aim of the visit was to establish an effective partnership with the EPO office.

Usur, who represented the agency’s chief executive, Mr. Ahmed Habib, said the partnership would strengthen and provide ideas on positive ways to tackle environmental issues across the country.

He, however, thanked the EPO for granting the request, adding that the office had made enormous efforts to intervene in many environmental problems across the country.

By Vivian Emoni

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