The Nigerian Senate Committee on Environment had a productive familiarization visit to the Ministry of Environment on Thursday, October 26. The committee was led by its Chairman and Vice Chairman, Senator Yunus Akintunde and Senator Prince Ned Nwoko, respectively. The delegation engaged in insightful discussions aimed at strengthening collaboration for sustainable environmental policies and practices in the country.
During the visit, the committee members were warmly welcomed by the Honourable Minister of Environment, Balarabe Abbas Lawal, who extended a warm greeting to the delegation. The ministry’s staff introduced themselves, highlighting their various positions and mentioning their ongoing projects.
Senator Yunus Akintunde, leading the committee, expressed his appreciation for the Ministry’s dedicated efforts in environmental preservation and sustainable development. He emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts between legislative and executive bodies to address pressing environmental challenges and underscored the Senate’s commitment to supporting policies that promote a more sustainable Nigeria.
Vice Chairman Senator Prince Ned Nwoko suggested the formation of a joint working group to further explore specific areas of work, including budget review, legislation review, environmental education programs, waste management, and community engagement initiatives.
In response, Honorable Minister Balarabe Abbas Lawal expressed gratitude for the committee’s interest and emphasized the ministry’s dedication to enhancing environmental regulations, fostering eco-friendly practices, and advancing Nigeria’s environmental agenda on both national and international platforms.