El-Rufai advises FG: Transfer Ecological Fund to Environment Ministry



Nasir-El-Rufai Kaduna state gov

Governor Nasir El Rufai of has suggested that Ecological Fund should 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 known when the Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar presented one million seedlings to , to 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 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.

The governor lamented that has lost a lot of its forest in the last few years before the coming of his administration, adding is being re-forested again.

‘’In the last five years, have been planting 1.5 million trees every year. Only about 50% of the trees survive, but have not given up. It is an investment that are willing to make for our children and grand children,’’ he added.

El Rufai promised the minister that Kaduna will plant the seedlings that he has donated and ‘’90% of them will survive and will match the number of what have donated to us.’’

‘’In Kaduna , when promise to do something, always deliver on our promise. will invite next year so that will see what we have done; will then know that your was not in vain,’’ he added.

Earlier, the minister said that his ministry had promised five million seedlings to Kaduna state in fulfilment of Muhammadu Buhari’s to plant 25 million trees across the country.

Dr Abubakar said ministry decided to commemorate year’s World Environment Day because of Governor El Rufai’s commitment to environment issues and support to the Ministry of Environment.

The Minister promised balance of four million trees will delivered to Kaduna state, adding that the theme of year’s World Environment Day is ‘’Bio-diversity, time for nature.’’