Kogi State Government has reiterated its commitment to the protection of the environment against plant and animal extinction.
Commissioner of Environment, Chief Victor Omofaiye stated this while speaking at the occasion of this year’s World Environment Day celebration tagged: Celebrate Diversity, our solution are in nature” in Lokoja.
Chief Omofaiye who explained that the celebration is aimed at raising awareness to protect the environment and look at various environmental issues growing by the day, said the year 2020 is a critical year for nations to demonstrate their commitment to preserving and restoring biodiversity.
The Commissioner said the emergence of Covid-19 has clearly shown that when we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the system that supports human life.
He said the Ministry of Environment and it’s boards and agencies have been at the front line to protect the environment against human abuse and has been working closely with the Federal Government and various NGOs over the years to ensure total compliance to environmental policies on climate change, forestry, waste management and pollution.
Chief Omofaiye stated that the Ministry has carried out several ecological and erosion projects across the state as well as tree planting projects to increase tree population and has put measures in place to prevent indiscriminate burning of waste in a bid to preserve biodiversity.
The Commissioner announced the distribution of over one thousand eco-friendly cooking stoves to discourage utilization of forest produce and fossil fuel for energy product at domestic level.
He commended the present administration for it’s support in ensuring the protection of the environment and urged the people of the state to live with consciousness of protecting the environment against abuse.