On Tuesday, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu told Nigerians and the international community that the country’s economy will soon recover.
President Tinubu made the assurance while kicking off the two-day Green Economy Summit, ‘Sustainable Future: Harnessing Green Assets and Innovation for Niger State’s Prosperity,’ hosted by the Niger State Government in Minna. He also pledged unqualified support for Niger State Governor Mohammed Bago’s Green Economy initiative, which aims to unlock the vast mineral resources across the state.
During the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Monday, the President, who was represented by Senator Abdullahi Sabi, Minister of State for Solid Minerals, provided insight into the newly approved solid mineral development policy.”President Tinubu is also another visionary leader, and we thank Almighty Allah for bringing him to serve our country at this time,” he stated. Allow me to state that, just yesterday, a new solid mineral development policy was approved by the Federal Executive Council to demonstrate the President’s commitment to the establishment of a green economy.
“And this policy will undoubtedly align with and benefit the green economy that you envision for Niger State, because it emphasizes the elimination of all forms of illegality that desecrate and destroy our environment.”
“It also intends to establish a new principle of resource efficiency while allowing people who want to operate legally in the mining sector to do so.” And, as stated by His Excellency, the Governor, Niger State is endowed with a variety of mineral elements.
“I want to assure you that the President’s commitment to enthroning the green economy over the next few years will be compatible with the green economy vision you have for Niger State.”
“Finally, I want to assure you that the President is fully aware of all the difficulties caused by some of the difficult decisions that must be made at this time, and his charge is to simply say, Please pray for us, give us your understanding, and as we make this powerful sacrifice, the gains of our sacrifice are just a few minutes or a few hours away.”
“Very soon, we shall begin to reap the benefits of these tough decisions, as our economy will bounce back and, for us, food security, which is his number one priority, will also begin to get the full attention it deserves,” he said.
Governor Mohammed Bago of Niger State, who hosted the first subnational Green Economy Summit, announced in his address that his administration has “produced its first Green Economy Blueprint, a strategic document outlining a visionary roadmap that will shape our development choices and steer our actions in alignment with the precepts of sustainability.”
“We will use this summit to present a draft to stakeholders for review and feedback, after which it will be formally launched and used in the preparation of our appropriation proposals for 2024 and beyond.”