BY CALEB AYANSINA
ABUJA – The Federal Government has signed a Cooperation Agreement on Ecological Safety with the International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization IESCO.
Nigeria and IESCO will amongst others, engage and develop mechanism for ecological tourism and ecological agriculture as well as the promotion of youth employment.
It is expected that in pursuing the objectives of the agreement, Nigeria and IESCO will exchange information and materials on ecological safety as well as climate change.
Consequently, the Minister of Youth Development, Inuwa Abdul-Kadir who signed for Federal Government called for the mentoring of youths in the African continent on ecological safety in all ramifications to secure future generations and for sustainable development. Abdulkadir proposed this initiative while delivering an address in Bali, Indonesia, at the recent World Ecological Safety Assembly organized by International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization.
In a statement made available to Vanguard by the AD(Press and Public Relations), Olusola Abiola, in Abuja, the minister was said to have stressed the need to involve youths in tackling future ecological challenges in view of the astronomical increase in the population of youths as well as the necessity to groom them for future challenges.
He emphasized the great role the youths can play in world affairs particularly in present and future initiatives which borders on ecologically safe environment for sustainable socio-economic growth. He identified drawbacks ecological disasters such as flood disaster, desertification, gully erosion, drought and deforestation bring on the socio-economic and political environment.
Commenting on the debilitating effects of these natural disasters on the continent particularly in Nigeria, the Minister lamented that they have been aggravated by inadequate education and lack of infrastructure for prevention or mitigation.
Abdulkadir who suggested an innovative strategy to address these challenges, advised participants to develop a holistic pro-active programme of action which will allow the youths to participate actively in early warning and preventive advocacy on ecological safety.
The minister among other things proposed youth participation in the design, implementation and evaluation of environmental policies including the conservation of African natural resources at local, national, regional and international levels.