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Federal Ministry of Environment

The concern to protect the environment gave rise to the creation of the Federal Ministry of Environment in 1999 to ensure effective coordination of all environmental matters, which were hitherto fragmented and resident in different line Ministries. With the rationalization of the Federal Ministries at the end of 2006, Environment and Housing & Urban Development Ministries were merged which gave rise to the Federal Ministry of Environment, Housing & Urban Development. This was to ensure the effective integration and coordination of all environmental matters, housing and land use for urban development.

However, in order to align the Ministries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and Vision 20:2020 geared towards making Nigeria one of the twenty developed economies of the world by year 2020, the Ministry was in September 2008, excised from the Housing and Urban Development and given a full-fledged Ministerial status, known as Federal Ministry of Environment.

Since its establishment, the Ministry has impacted on raising the issue of environmental consciousness in the minds of Nigerians as well as the interface with the global environmental best practices. It has focused on evolving innovative strategies that emphasize the use of environmental reengineering as a veritable tool for poverty eradication, ensuring food security, encouraging sustainable economic development and the general improvement in the livelihood of the Nigerian populace.

It has also pursued at the International level, the use of the environment in defining the country’s foreign policy thrust as a means of ensuring good governance globally and regionally.

Most importantly, Nigeria through the Ministry has continued to provide purposeful leadership at various international fora-as a representative of the West African Sub-region, the African Continent, Non-aligned Nations as well as developing nations.
Mandate

Mandate of the Ministry entails the protection of the natural environment against pollution and degradation as well as conservation of Natural Resources for sustainable development in Nigeria. These are pursued through:

  • Securing a quality environment conducive for good health and well-being of fauna and flora.
  • Promoting sustainable use of natural resources.
  • Restoring and maintaining the ecosystem, ecological process and preserve biodiversity.
  • Raising public awareness and promoting understanding of linkages of the environment.
  • Cooperating with relevant Ministries/ Departments/ Agencies, the private sector, NGOs, and International organizations on environmental matters.

Service Charter

The Ministry being SERVICOM compliant operates a service charter, which is a set of promises upon which stakeholders, clients and staff can expect and demand quality service as a right and of which they can have recourse to when service delivery fails.

The service charter helps to enhance the Ministry’s operations in its efforts to contribute to the growth of Nigeria where a healthy environment enhances the socio-economic well being of its citizens.

Vision

To ensure that Nigeria develops in harmony with the environment.

Mission

To ensure environmental protection and natural resources conservation for sustainable development.

Administrative Structure of the Ministry

a). Technical Departments

  1. Department of Climate Change;
  2. Department of Drought and Desertification Amelioration;
  3. Department of Environmental Assessment;
  4. Department of Erosion, Flood Control & Coastal Zone Management;
  5. Department of Forestry Development and Natural Resources Conservation;
  6. Department of Pollution Control & Environmental Health; and

b). Service Departments:

  1. Department of Finance and Accounts;
  2. Department of General Services;
  3. Department of Human Resources Management;
  4. Department of Internal Audit;
  5. Department of Planning, Research and Statistics;
  6. Department of Procurement;
  7. Department of Reform Coordination and Service Improvement; and
  8. Department of Special Duties.

c). Units:

  1. Press and Publicity Unit
  2. Legal Unit

d) Zonal/Field Offices of the Ministry

The Ministry has zonal Offices in the six geopolitical zones of the country as well as field offices in all the 36 States and the FCT.

e) Parastatals:

      1. Environmental Health and Registration Council of Nigeria
        (EHORECON);
      2. Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN);
      3. National Biosafety Management Agency (BMA).
      4. National Environmental Standards Regulatory and Enforcement
        Agency (NESREA);
      5. National Environmental Standards Regulatory and Enforcement
        Agency (NESREA);
      6. National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA);and
      7. National Parks Service (NPS)

Policy Implementation Strategy

The underlying pivot of the Ministry’s mandate is to evolve innovative instruments through its policy directions in delivering safer environment for Nigerians.

Important strides have been taken by the Ministry to ensure effective coordination and better management of the environment. Notable areas of achievement include:

      • Coastal and inland erosion control works
      • Development of various thematic plans (afforestation, desertification, National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan, Forestry Development, National Environmental Health Action Plan etc).

Other areas include

    • Inventory of impacted site;
    • control of invasive species;
    • Municipal waste management;
    • Conservation;
    • Addressing issues of climate change;
    • Maintaining environmental standards; and
    • International cooperation.

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