ELO EDREMODA, Warri
A non-governmental organization, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), has linked the current unemployment crisis raging the nation to the “parlous” state of the Nigerian environment.
The NGO, in collaboration with Finland’s Foreign Affairs ministry, noted this yesterday during a two-day journalists’ training on investigative environmental reporting at Golden Tulip Hotel, Effurun, Uvwie council area of Delta state.
The director, Dr. Godwin Ojo, who disclosed that a National Basic Income Scheme (NaBIS) for the unemployed has been put forward to the National Assembly by the group, noted that access to several employment potentials have been shut due to hazards in the environment.
Describing issues of the Nigerian environment as a “livelihood issue”, the group emphasized the need for such issues to gain national discuss and probable solutions, rather than the often ethnic premise.
Examining environmental challenges across the country, he listed desertification, the shrinking Lake Chad, deforestation, gulley erosion and pollution from oil and gas activities as serious environmental issues prevalent in the northern and southern region of the country.
“ERA/FoEN has proposed a National Basic Income Scheme (NaBIS) for the unemployed to unlock potentials buried away for lack of access to opportunities created by the environmental crisis listed above and mis-governance.
“Think of what a social security of a monthly stipend would offer to teeming unemployed in this time of recession and oil slump,” Ojo said.