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Journal of Physical Science and Environmental Studies

Review|Published September 2021|Vol. 7 (3):22-27.


Challenges of State Institutions in Environmental Protection: A Case of Taraba State, Nigeria


Oruonye, E.D*, Menwo Ukechi Wilson-Osigwe and Bashir Babanyaya Mohammed


Department of Geography, Taraba State University, Jalingo, Nigeria



This study examined the challenges of state institutions in environmental protection in Nigeria using the case of Taraba state. The institution theory was used as a theoretical framework for the study. The study adopted a descriptive design method using desktop review of secondary materials. Content analysis was used in analyzing the data. The findings of the study revealed that some of the challenges of the state environmental protection institutions include lack of political will, inadequate funding, inadequate qualified personnel, inadequate environmental protection infrastructures, poor condition of environmental protection laboratory, lack of office buildings for staff and poor capacity development. The study also revealed that since the creation of the Ministry of Environment in year 2000 in Taraba state, it is only in 2001, 2013 and 2014 that the ministry received up to 4% of the budgetary allocation of the state. The myriad of challenges have greatly constrained the capacity of the state institution to effectively achieve its mandate of environmental protection. Based on the findings, the study recommends the need for more political commitment to the issues of environmental protection through increased funding, employment of qualified personnel, establishment of environmental protection laboratories and increased capacity development.

Keywords:Environmental protection, institutional framework, Ministry of environment, State Institution and Taraba state.


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