Â By Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja
â€ŽTheÂ National Council on Environment (NCE)Â has called on the federal government toÂ commence theÂ immediateÂ implementation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for all policies, plans and programmes in the country.
The council made the call in a communique issuedÂ ThursdayÂ at the â€Žend of theÂ 11th NCE conference held at Abeokuta, Ogun State, from 16th to 18th October 2017 and chaired by the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril, with the theme: â€œUnlocking the Investment Opportunities in the Environment Sector Towards Nigeriaâ€™s Economic Recovery, Diversification, Growth and Sustainable Developmentâ€Ž.”
The council noted that the current forest cover of Nigeria is less than 4 per cent as against the expected 25 per cent, stressing that the exportation of charcoal in Nigeria should be banned and alternative clean source of energy should be developed and promoted.
The council also resolved that the Ministry of Environment should step up actions towards synergy with relevant MDAs through Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in order to resolve serious challenges of overlap, conflict and duplication of regulatory rolesâ€Žâ€Ž.
It stated that the federal government should put in place policies and other measures to promote provision and utilisation of Solar Energy and energy efficient cook stove.