Dr. Ishaq Salako, the Minister of State for Environment, has highlighted that a significant portion of environmental misuse stems from lack of awareness.
During a recent visit by the Ogun State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) to his office in Abuja, Minister Salako emphasized that President Bola Tinubu’s administration places top priority on sustainable environmental practices.
He called for a united effort to confront the array of environmental challenges within the nation.
Salako urged the NIPR to collaborate with the Federal Government in raising awareness and reshaping public perspectives regarding sustainable environmental practices.
Acknowledging that Nigeria confronts various environmental hurdles such as deforestation, encroaching deserts, soil degradation, flooding, erosion, and climate change, Salako stressed the urgency of reversing these concerning trends.
He reiterated the government’s vision for a nation where responsible environmental usage becomes a fundamental civic responsibility.
The minister called upon PR professionals to assist the government in effectively educating the public, particularly in proper waste disposal techniques.
Emphasizing the government’s dedication to preventing Nigeria from descending into the top ten countries plagued by poverty caused by disasters, Salako asserted, “The environment is the basis of our livelihoods; without a healthy environment, survival is compromised. Hence, sustainable utilization of Nigeria’s environment holds the highest importance for President Tinubu, as it’s a divine gift. Neglecting its proper use would be displeasing to the divine.”
He elaborated on the multifaceted role of the Federal Ministry of Environment, citing its responsibility to ensure the well-being of humans, plants, and animals through effective environmental management.
Salako also highlighted the pivotal role that the NIPR could play, citing research indicating that most instances of environmental abuse stem from a lack of knowledge.
Underlining the necessity of awareness campaigns and education to enhance environmental conditions, Salako reinforced his commitment to creating a healthier and more sustainable environment.