Kaduna House Committee
harps on enabling ecosystem sustainability
By: Femi Mustapha
House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of Kaduna State House of Assembly has stressed the benefits of an enabling ecosystem for sustainability.
This was contained in a communique issued after an advocacy visit to the House Committee by the Network of Civil Society in Environment (NCSE).
The Communique was signed by Zinta Apoko Secretary of the
Network, Gloria Kasang Bulus, Danjuma Abbas Dangwa, Lydia Saleh, Jeremiah Irimiya and Simon Zagwa.
The Communique stated that the House Committee initiatives which the permanent dialogue mechanism can enable and will pursue the possibilities.
Given this, the House Committee is committed to being intentional in working with the Network towards establishing a permanent dialogue mechanism that will encourage the participation of the constituents of the parliament, civil society, resource persons, private sector, and development partners to effectively engage on evidence-based feedback to improve the quality of oversight and legislation of the 10th Assembly on issues of the environment and natural resources.
The meeting was attended by
Hon. Usman Stingo (Chairman); Hon. Aminu Lawal Anty (Vice Chairman); Hon. Haruna Barnabas; Hon. Peter Agite.
Also, in attendance were Hon. Marah Henry Zakariah (Chairman, House Committee on Information, Non-Governmental Organizations & Development Partners) and Rt. Hon. Barr. Emmanuel Bako Kantiok (Chairman of, the House Committee on Judiciary) was present at the meeting with the delegation from the Network.
The Committee Clerk and other clerical staff of the Assembly were present and efficient in facilitating a smooth dialogue and engagement.
The House Committee therefore said it is open to partnerships that can aid the Committee in protecting the people by protecting the environment and encourages more stakeholders to reach out, saying in the interim the House Committee has immediately set up the dialogue platform to enable subsequent engagements demonstrating readiness to hit the ground running.
“The Committee has pledged to leverage its membership to ensure the environment gets the multi-sectoral approach, cooperation, and attention it demands.
“The Network of Civil Society in Environment has been tasked by the Committee to bring the needed partners to set up a framework for engagement across all the constituencies to enrich the parliament on the concerns of the environment affecting the people of Kaduna State.
“Through this partnership, the Assembly will be leveraging the resourcefulness of civil society to strengthen its capacity and outreach in consultation and dialogue with stakeholders in sustaining the environment.
“The House Committee acknowledges the benefits of an enabling ecosystem for sustainability initiatives which the permanent dialogue mechanism can enable and will pursue the possibilities.
“The House Committee is open to partnerships that can aid the Committee in protecting the people by protecting the environment and encourages more stakeholders to reach out.
“In the interim, the House Committee has immediately set up the dialogue platform to enable subsequent engagements demonstrating readiness to hit the ground running. ” the Communique stated