The newly-appointed Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar, has assured he would assiduously work with all key stakeholders to design problem-solving programmes and development-targeted policies that would help tackle ecological problems and other environmental issues and concerns across the country.
He made this known during his resumption of office at the ministry on Wednesday, while briefing journalist in Abuja.
Mahmoud said he would work together with the new Minister of State, Barr Sharon Ikeazor, to take the Ministry to an enviable ‘Next Level’ as championed by the Buhari-led administration.
“I want you to see me as one of you. I’m here so we can do better than what we were doing before. People think of environment as nothing much but environment is everything,” he said.
“If your environment is not healthy, nothing else is healthy. So we have to take our environment serious.
“I believe with what I have seen, we will have a great time working together in the environment sector for the betterment of the Nigerian people.”
He also promised to run an open-door policy of welcoming diverse recommendations, views and suggestions by stakeholders, stressing that federal ministry of environment was a strategic ministry with potential to fast track socio-economic growth, while enhancing well-being of populace.
Mahmoud noted that concerted efforts was required by stakeholders, Boards and Parastatals under the ministry, together with development partners to achieve Mr. President’s vision for the ministry.
In her remarks, the new Minister of State for Environment Barrister Sharon Ikeazor said though the task ahead may be onerous, they were both imbued with requisite leadership and administrative pedigree to deliver ‘excellently and brilliantly’ so as to take the environment sector to a greater height.
She solicited cooperation from Heads of departments, boards and agencies under the Ministry, while assuring them her total support.
Welcoming the two Ministers, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, pledged the unwavering support, cooperation and synergy of staff of the ministry and its agencies towards the attainment of set objectives.