Senate to replace Ecological Fund with new agency

Fund PS responding to calls to replace

The Nigerian Senate is proposing a law that will replace Ecological Fund Office (EFO) through a new legislation.

The proposed law will create Erosion Control and Prevention Commission and will replace the Ecological Fund Office (EFO).

The sponsor of the bill to create the commission, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah (YPP: Anambra South), in his lead debate on the floor of the Senate, said a body to prevent and control erosion had become imperative in view of the devastating impact of the disaster in parts of the country.

“Almost every part of this country is characterised by one environmental problem or the other. But, however, the menace of erosion is unarguably the severest in terms of devastation and destruction,” he noted.

Ubah, therefore, canvassed the adoption of preventive measures through legislation.

Similarly, The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan said Ecological funds have become slush money in recent years in many states, as reports abound of misapplication without traces.

Lawan, who spoke after Ubah presented the bill to address the alleged failure EFO, harped on urgency.

“We must ensure that government attends to these ecological problems because people are affected as they lose their lands, property and villages,” Lawan stated.

He said the ecological office should be made to be responsible for all related issues as well as making it an institution that could also address desertification.

El-Rufai call to replace Ecological Fund Office

Also, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna has called for the transfer of the fund to the Ministry of Environment for better management.

He made when the Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, presented one million seedlings to the state government to mark the World Environment Day at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House in Kaduna.

The governor said it was only proper for the Ecological Fund to be domiciled in the environment ministry for effective handling of erosion, deforestation and desert encroachment.

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