Climate change effects more dangerous than COVID-19 – Minister

Dr. Mohammad Abubakar

Climate change, if not addressed, will make COVID-19 pandemic a child’s play, the Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, has warned.

At a one-day tour of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF),  Lagos, on Tuesday,  Abubakar called on Nigerians to give adequate attention to mitigation of climate change effects.

According to him, COVID-19 can only kill humans, but climate change can destroy humans and their environment.

Abubakar said that  the present administration is committed to planting 25 million trees annually to mitigate the effects of climate change.

He said that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was committed to raising Nigeria’s biodiversity ranking through  increased forestation and other strategies.

He said that the flagging-off of the government’s Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project in Ogoni, Rivers,  and  erosion control projects across the nation,  showed  the country’s seriousness in environmental protection.

The  minister said that  the Federal Government had an environment master plan  reviewed regularly to meet climate and environment realities.

He said that the ministry had concluded a national policy on plastic that would be presented to the Federal Executive Council.

In his address of welcome, the Director-General of NCF, Dr. Muntari Aminu-Kano, described the minister’s appointment as putting a square peg in a square hole.

“This is one of the few times we have had an environmentalist appointed as the environment minister,” Aminu-Kanu said.

He lauded the minister’s efforts  in environmental protection, and pledged the support of NCF in protecting Nigeria’s environment.

The highpoint  of the visit was tree planting in commemoration of the minister’s visit.