Climate Change: A’Ibom’ll March with the rest of the World – Ekong Sampson

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The Hon. Commissioner for Environment and Petroleum Resources in Akwa Ibom State, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Ekong Sampson, has stated that the state is poised to march with the rest of the world on the issue of climate change awareness campaigns.

Addressing a cross section of participants at the Pre-Construction Training Workshop on the Implementation of Environmental and Social Management Plan for Construction Firms, Design and Supervision on Friday, February 14, 2020, Barr. Sampson, while thanking all participants at the workshop, viewed the event as a vista of education which should be taken very seriously.

He noted that regular engagements of that kind have the potential of providing the needed window for a better and wider understanding on how the people can collectively work towards the protection of the environment.

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While sounding his profound appreciation to NEWMAP in the state and its State Coordinator, Dr. Ubong Harrison, for their efforts “to get the job done”, Ekong Sampson reiterated that “In my ministry, we have a philosophy that has been on for sometime now: ‘The Health of the Earth’.

“It goes to underscore the fact that matters that have to do with environment is very critical to our existence as human beings, and that is why erudite scholars and very important personalities like we have here today must often gather like this.”

The Hon. Commissioner also noted that there is a general consensus in opinion in the country that Akwa Ibom State is the cleanest and the safest among the states, saying that the state government is committed to ensuring that lives and the environment are protected and secured.

He stressed that as a people-oriented government, the state needs robust partnership with all stakeholders in order to secure a lasting environmental security, adding that the state government will continue to partner with NEWMAP and the World Bank in her drive “to get the job done.

“We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that Akwa Ibom State is marching with the rest of the world in matters of climate change.

“From the array of notable scholars seen here today, there is no doubt that those who miss this engagement will ever live to regret.”

While noting that there is need for stakeholders to constantly place critical environmental issues on the front burner, he lauded the theme of the event as “very apt, even as the state government is gearing up to make due and effective intervention at Anua and Etim Umana.

“And at IBB, a radical and lasting solution to its perennial flood problem will soon commence in earnest.”

According to him, the aforementioned development clearly illustrates the deep commitment of Gov. Udom Emmanuel for the state who deserve the best to also get the best.

Barr. Ekong Sampson therefore declared the occasion open and wished all participants a very robust and insightful engagement.

Speaking in his opening remarks briefly earlier at the event, the State Coordinator of NEWMAP, Dr. Ubong Harrison, who termed the gathering as very important, said the workshop was organised on account of World Bank’s firm partnership.

He hinted that having taken into consideration all factors to be adopted in order to safeguard workers from ugly incidents while on intervention work, the World Bank had to mandate his organization to hold the training for all the staff of construction and supervision categories.

Dr. Harrison thanked the Hon. Commissioner for making the workshop possible, while charging participants not be in a hurry as, according to him, various professionals on environment and security biases were on hand to educate all on ways to stay safe even after the intervention project.

He therefore assured that the programme would continue on commencement of IBB site intervention work.

Those that graced the workshop include: Abia State Project Coordinator, NEWMAP, Engr. Izu Chukwu; Head Fin., state NEWMAP, Mrs. Emem George; Prof. Imo Ekpo; representing MD Nigerpet, Engr. Effiong Asukwo Bassey and a host of others.

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