It was the turn of the Ministry of Environment to take the podium at the Ministerial World Press Conference on a day the world advocates for the freedom of the press. With the theme: “A Press For the Planet: Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crises” at the Press Conference were the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Muhammed Idris and the Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Isiaq Adekunle Adeboye Salako.

The Minister of state for Environment highlighted the need for global and national agenda with nature based solutions to address environmental crises, such as achieving net zero emissions, biodiversity conservation and ending plastic pollution. He stresses the importance of government taxes, nationally determined contributions, and long-term low-emission development strategies. He calls for advocacy, awareness, and education to change behaviors driving the crisis. For the ministry, the media needs to support these efforts, framing their reporting as climate actions.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation also used the occasion to underscores the vital role of journalism in addressing the environmental crisis. It highlights the urgency of climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, and resource depletion, emphasizing the responsibility of journalists in illuminating environmental injustices and advocating for accountability.

In advancing the cause of press freedom in Nigeria, Minister of Information, stressed the importance of responsible media coverage in informing and educating the public while also emphasizing factual accuracy and patriotism. Partnerships with organizations like UNESCO and collaboration between ministries are recognized as crucial in advancing this cause.

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