By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman Senate Committee on Environment, Senator Oluremi Tinubu on Tuesday declared that the budgetary allocation to the Federal Ministry of Environment is very low.
Senator Tinubu said this in Ibadan while leading members of the committee on a courtesy visit to GovernorAbiola Ajimobi, as part of the committee’s oversight function to Oyo state.
She stressed that there is the need for more financial support to assist the Federal Ministry of Environment and some of its agencies,in the discharge of their responsibilities.
According to Senator Oluremi Tinubu, there is the need for more funding for the Forest Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Ibadan, an agency under the ministry, which she said had done tremendous work in the area of afforestation as a remedy to natural challenges occasioned by loss of trees to industrialization.
“The budgetary allocation to the Federal Ministry of Environment is very low, while the research institutes under the ministry are also in dire need of funds in order for them to operate optimally. To mitigate the effects of climate change, the research institutes are important and have a lot to do, especially in the areas of flooding, desertification and even the gully erosion that is fast ravaging the South-East.” She said.
Senator Tinubu added, “they need proper funding to operate optimally for seedlings and other areas that are paramount in the research process. So, government has to look into that while Nigerians have to be shown the advantages of the work of the ministry. Recently, the weather has been very hot as a result of climate changes, but here in Nigeria, we are blessed with trees which can do so for us in the area of stopping erosion.”
Speaking further, she pointed out that the Ministry and its agencies were in the eyes of the world organizations like UNESCO and the United Nations and would serve the nation better, if properly funded, saying, some of the challenges facing the environment, rather than being discouraged, efforts should be made to confront the challenges, as they (challenges) are many but are surmountable with proper funding and legislative monitoring.”
Senator Tinubu later presented the new Act that would enable smooth operations of the ministry and its agencies and help in combating the negative effects of climate change, to Governor Abiola Ajimobi.