President to chair maiden cabinet meet tonight
KABUL (Pajhwok): Environmental degradation would be one of important topics to be discussed at the first cabinet meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday night, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah said.
Addressing a gathering marking International Earth Day here, Abdullah said air pollution, increase in garbage, production of chemical materials and deforestation had caused damage to the natural environment.
He called the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA)’s efforts at preserving environment as insufficient and said the agency needed to work more for positive changes.
While welcoming the new ministers, the CEO said, “I once again thank the lawmakers for fulfilling their national responsibility to approve and complete the cabinet.”
The Wolesi Jirga or lower house members approved the remaining 16 minister-designates this week. But the unity government has been unable so far to agree on nomination of the defence minister.
Abdullah said President Ashraf Ghani would preside over the first cabinet meeting tonight. He said the president would talk about basic guidelines set for the ministers.
One of the important issues to be discussed at the meeting would be environmental protection that all departments were required pay a special attention to, he said.
“Few days ago we witnessed muddy rain drops in Kabul that show how much our environment is polluted. Green areas are fading day by day and the city is polluted with dust and garbage,” he said.
NEPA head Eng. Ezatullah Sadiqi told Pajhwok Afghan News Afghanistan was not alone in the region facing environmental pollution.
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