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Out-gone minister urges new minister to address environmental challenges

Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, the out-gone Minister of State for Environment, has urged the Minister of Environment, Alhaji Suleiman Hassan, to improve on the ministry’s efforts in addressing the country’s environmental challenges.

New Environment Minister
Erstwhile Environment Minister of State now the 12th Emir of Nasarawa, Ibrahim Usman Jibril (left), hands over to new Environment Minister, Suleiman Hassan, who was Minister of State for Power, Works & Housing

JIbril, who was recently turbaned as new Émir of Nasarawa Emirate Council, Nasarawa State, gave the advice at the handover ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

“It is important to say that anyone who wants to lead this ministry must put his thinking cap to find means of addressing numerous environmental challenges,” he said.

The outgoing minister, who led the ministry for over three years, urged the management and staff of the ministry to give Hassan maximum support and cooperation to deliver the ministry’s mandate.

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According to him, the incoming minister should complement the ministry’s efforts to implement climate change actions, Ogoni clean-up and other numerous environmental challenges.

Jibril said that he would hand over the sum $170 million with projects detail in an extra account.

According to him, $5 million are in the ministry’s domicile account and there is additional N200 millions in another account.

He added that all these were contained in the handover document.

The outgoing minister thanked the management and staff of the ministry for giving him support and cooperation to transform the nation’s environment sector.

The new emir, who described himself as environmentalist, promised to continue to discharge environmental duties in his domain.

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Responding, Hassan, who solicited for support and cooperation from the management and staff of the ministry, said that he would build on the ministry’s achievements to ensure their sustainability.

By Deji Abdulwahab

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