Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state has suggested that Ecological Fund should be transferred to the Ministry of Environment because it has the expertise and national reach to manage it for the benefit of the country.
The Governor made this known when the Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar presented one million seedlings to Kaduna State, to mark the World Environment Day, at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House.
Justifying his suggestion, Governor El Rufai said that it is only proper for the Ecological Fund to be domiciled with the Ministry of Environment because its includes fighting erosion, deforestation and desert encroachment.
‘’Apart from that, the ministry has the knowledge, technicality and expertise as well as the national reach to better manage the fund and utilise it for the benefit of the entire country,’’ he argued.
El Rufai revealed that he headed a committee during the first term of the present administration, which recommended the transfer of the Fund to the Ministry of Environment.
According to him, the matter was further tabled before the National Executive Council(NEC) and a decision was taken on it but the resolution has not yet been implemented.
‘’In the last five years, we have been planting 1.5 million trees every year. Only about 50% of the trees survive, but we have not given up. It is an investment that we are willing to make for our children and grand children,’’ he added.
‘’In Kaduna state, when we promise to do something, we always deliver on our promise. We will invite you next year so that you will see what we have done; you will then know that your donation was not in vain,’’ he added.