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Environment: Climate change, pollution now harsh realities requiring decisive action in Nigeria –Minister

Alhaji Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister for Information and National Orientation

*The Nigerian Government says environmental crises, such as biodiversity loss, pollution, and resource depletion, are fast becoming harsh realities that demand immediate and decisive action by all stakeholders in the West African country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government of Nigeria has said the environmental issues of biodiversity loss, pollution, and resource depletion are fast becoming harsh realities that demand immediate and decisive action by all stakeholders in the West African country.

ConsumerConnect reports Alhaji Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister for Information and National Orientation, fnipr, noted this in his address Friday, May 3, 2024, during a Joint Ministerial Press Conference in commemoration of the 2024 World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), in Abuja, FCT.

Mohammed disclosed the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation had organised the combined media briefing with Federal Ministry of Environment and UNESCO, and Minister of State, Environment, Dr. Isiak Adekunle Salako, and Head of Abuja UNESCO office, Abdourahamane Diallo in attendance.

With the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day as, “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the face of the Environmental Crisis”,

Mohammed declared that without a free and independent press, “we cannot hope to address the complex environmental challenges facing consumers worldwide.”

He also acknowledged that consumers are confronted by an environmental crisis of unprecedented magnitude that poses a threat not only to our planet but to the very future of humanity.

The Minister stated that “climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, and resource depletion are not abstract concepts; they are harsh realities that demand immediate and decisive action.”

Idris, in his address on the occasion, averred that in regard to this crisis, media professionals emerge as “guardians of truth and champions of accountability”.

He stated the journalists “illuminate environmental injustices, expose wrongdoing, and amplify the voices of those most affected by environmental degradation.

“Through their investigative reporting, they hold governments and corporations accountable for their actions and advocate policies that promote sustainability and safeguard our planet.”

He further noted that the 2024 theme of the World Press Freedom Day Day resonates deeply with his Ministry’s vision and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s priority areas, which prioritise restoring trust, reorienting national values, and creating an enabling environment for the media to thrive.

“It underscores the crucial role of journalism in addressing the environmental crisis,” said Idris.

The Minister said: “I am pleased to state that the present administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, recognises the importance of responsible media coverage in enlightening, informing, and educating Nigerians and the world.

“Through credible and timely information, everyone can be well-informed, and the media can serve as a valuable tool for fostering transparency and accountability.”

He noted the current administration also creates the enabling environment for responsible journalism that informs and enlightens the public to grow “in leaps and bounds.”

Idris, therefore, urged the Nigerian press to uphold the tenets of journalism by being factual, truthful and responsible in their reporting.

“The need to be nationalistic and patriotic cannot be over-emphasised,” he stated.

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