Ministry of Environment was created in the year 2000 with the aim of formulating and implementing government policies on environment.
Mrs. Rebecca S. Manasseh was appointed Commissioner from 2014 to date overseeing the affairs of the Ministry. The Ministry had since its inception had 7 Commissioners and 6 Permanent Secretaries.
Ministry of Environment has 5 Directors in its department and one Agency.
Functions of the Ministry involves the following:
Control and management of wildlife.
Monitoring of Hazardous and Radioactive Materials in the Environment
Control of mining its illegal activities in the State.
Establishment and maintenance of forest plantations.
Raising of seedlings, planting and weeding
Solid minerals exploration and exploitation.
Management of air, water and soil quality against pollution and degradation.
Achievements of the Ministry.
Confiscation and arrest of one Hundred and Ninety-Eight chainsaws used in the exploitation of Forest Reserves in the State by Forestry Department.
Improved the revenue generation by the activities of Forestry from June 2015 to March 2016 amounting to Six Hundred and Eight Million, Nine Hundred and Forty-One Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira. (681, 941,800).
Identification of several solid minerals in the different parts of the State such as Gold, Gemstone, Saphire; industrial minerals (Barite), metallic mineral (Columbite), etc. Over 50 known occurring mineral types have been located and sampled.
Incorporated and registered Taraba Solid Minerals Development Company Limited (TSMD) with RC Number 285569.
Undertook a satellite minerals survey of four block areas within the State of hydrocarbon and other minerals within the Benue Trough in 2012.
The Taraba State Solid Mineral Development Company Limited (TSMDC) acquired from the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development title deeds i.e. Certificate of Ownership (C of O) for over 16 sites for different minerals.
Attending both domestic and international trade fair where the various mineral potentials of the State has continued to receive unprecedented exposure to the world committee.
Mrs Rebecca Seember Manasseh is the Commissioner for Environment. She hails from Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State and is married with children.
She began her Educational Career at N.K.S.T Primary school Kasina Ala in Benue State from 1979 to 1984. Her Secondary school education in N.K.S.T Uavande Gboko-Aliade Road Benue State. She proceeded for her Ordinary National Diploma (OND) at Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna State, her Higher National Diploma (HND) at Institute of Management Technology Enugu State and her Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) at Nasarawa State University, Nasarawa.
In 2011, she was appointed Special adviser on political affairs and now Commissioner of Environment under the leadership of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku.
Mrs Rebecca enjoys cooking and traveling as hobbies.