The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, says the Federal Government will soon launch a clean and green programme.
Mrs Mohammed said that the programme would address the menace of indiscriminate disposal of plastics and polythene bags.
She gave a hint of the plan on Friday at the 10th National Council on Environment held in Lafia, the Nasarawa State’s capital in north-central Nigeria.
Ms Mohammed told reporters that the aim of the programme was to protect the environment from pollution and at the same time create entrepreneurs in waste management and alternative cleaner energy sources.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Useni Uguru, on his part, urged Nigerians to understand the decisions of the government in protecting the environment.
Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura, said that the conference was a platform to call on investors to harness the solid minerals that abound in the state.
He noted that the partnership with investors would go in line with the diversification policy of the Federal Government.
The National Council was tagged “Environment and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria: Empowering People, Taking Climate Action and Protecting the Environment”.
The Environment Minister had earlier signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nasarawa State government, for a partnership to achieve the goals of the ministry.
Governor Almakura lauded the signing and described it as a timely partnership.