Nigeria First (Abuja)
13 November 2007
Posted to the web 13 November 2007
President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua has pledged that his Administration will take effective action to confront the challenges of global climate change on the Nigerian environment.
The President who made the pledge on November 13 in Abuja at an audience with members of the Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), said that some measures to deal with threats to the country's environment have already been factored into his Administration's plans to revitalize and accelerate the pace of national economic development.
While noting that all Nigerians need to take the threats posed by climate change more seriously, the President expressed the Federal Government's willingness to work in close collaboration with the NCF "to ensure that we bequeath to future generations a country that can sustain life".
He said, "Nigerians who cast their minds back to about 50 years ago can see the devastation of our environment and from that begin to picture how our activities today can impact on the future. It is the duty of every Nigerian to take the issue of conservation and protecting our environment more seriously as we begin to plan for the future."
President Yar'Adua commended the NCF headed by Chief Philip Asiodu for its efforts to combat ecological degradation in Nigeria and welcomed its offer of further cooperation with all tiers of government in the country to address Nigeria's environmental challenges.
This article was taken from allAfrica.com