By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Participants of the one-day workshop aimed at accelerating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate action held in Kaduna State on Saturday March 23, 2019 have unanimously called on the Kaduna State Government to consider moving the forestry department back to the ministry of environment for better results.
Speaker after speaker, took time to explain why such movement was important, with coordination and funding toping the reasons.
They argued that if the Kaduna State Government takes Forestry Department back to the Ministry of Environment, it to perform better.
In an interview with our correspondent on the sidelines of the workshop, Anvil Research Centre, Abuja’s Okechukwu Enechi, stressed it is important to move the forestry to ministry of environment for more coordination.
“If they are in two different parastatals, coordination becomes difficult,” he said.
Also agreeing with him during a separate interview, Planning Officer II, Planning and Budget Commission Kaduna State, Shamsudeen Mohammed Tanko who represented the Director Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Kaduna State, said that Kaduna’s Forestry Department has not been able to access some national funds as a result of its removal from the ministry of environment.
Commenting on other issues, Enechi said that the workshop was designed two Ards getting more action from non state actors in tackling climate change.
“We are looking at climate change and we think that every Nigerian should also look at it that way and that non state actors should design actions towards climate change and SDGs together it will help the government to achieve that better.
“When you talk about climate change and say don’t cut trees, you see a lot of poor people that rely on charcoal and we are looking at this to look at the livelihood of the poor people.
“We encourage non state actors to make impact in actions to articulate and execute more actions that will support Kaduna State Acceleration Conference On SDGs held in January 2019. We want them to engage the government and come up with actions.
“That is why we are talking about moving forestry back to ministry of Environment like scaling up alleviating of poverty and mitigating climate change,” he stressed.
He explained that for this project, this is first of its kind in Nigeria and similar workshops are billed for other cities, beginning with Abuja.
“We intend to hold the next workshop in Abuja but no date yet,” he said.
The workshop, organized by the Coalition of Associations for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development (CALPED) in collaboration with Anvil Research Center Abuja, had the theme, ‘Engaging Non-State Actors for Accelerating SDGs and Climate Action in Kaduna State’.