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  •  Dr John Otu lecturer at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo A EFUNAI in Ebonyi has harped on the need for sustainable human and infrastructural development in Ebonyi Otu one time Commissioner for Information and State Orientation in Ebonyi made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abakaliki The former commissioner commended the leap in development arguing that the state had emerged from the ashes of underdevelopment and now reckoned among the frontline states in terms of human and infrastructural development He noted that Ebonyi was lucky to be endowed with credible leaders as governors since its creation in 1996 He explained that the policy thrusts of the leaders were centred on lifting the state and its people from poverty illiteracy disease infrastructure deficit and backwardness He commanded the incumbent governor Chief Dave Umahi for improving and sustaining the Ebonyi development vision through his massive landmark infrastructure He nonetheless attributed the success story of Ebonyi to the foundation laid by the administration of Sen Sam Egwu the first civilian governor If you go through what Ebonyi was before Egwu came on board you will know that Ebonyi was a sheer dessert nothing was here it was derisively called dust of the nation and there was virtually no tarred road in the state No pipe borne water in the state and that accounted for the high incidences of guinea worm and cholera infestations in the state And of course successive governments in our older states where the various parts of Ebonyi belonged marginalised us criminally so to speak so much so that the people here in Ebonyi were like urchins they were like layabouts they didn t know what education meant Thank goodness that Ebonyi was created in 1996 and we had to look inwards and Ebonyi was also lucky to have former Gov Sam Egwu as the first governor of the state Because of his background as an intellectual and academic he was able to know what was of primary importance to the state and so he tackled it head on on assumption of office Otu noted He extolled the achievements of the Egwu administration in education housing road construction job creation and empowerment Egwu s administration operated on a kind of mass oriented governance structure look at the free and compulsory education which he declared two years into his administration and sustained throughout the administration We could count the number of graduates from the state on inception at our fingertips our teaching hospital then had only two consultants and the Ministry of Health had only nine doctors So each time we think about the achievements of the state I ask how did Ebonyi move from the backwoods to the frontline he added Otu congratulated former governors Egwu Chief Martin Elechi and the current governor Umahi for sustaining the chain of development in the state and called on future leaders to expand and sustain their efforts As we mark 26 years of the creation of Ebonyi I appeal that future leaders should expand and sustain the giant strides recorded in human and infrastructure developments he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
     Otu, ex-Commissioner harps on sustaining human, infrastructure development in Ebonyi
     Dr John Otu lecturer at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo A EFUNAI in Ebonyi has harped on the need for sustainable human and infrastructural development in Ebonyi Otu one time Commissioner for Information and State Orientation in Ebonyi made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abakaliki The former commissioner commended the leap in development arguing that the state had emerged from the ashes of underdevelopment and now reckoned among the frontline states in terms of human and infrastructural development He noted that Ebonyi was lucky to be endowed with credible leaders as governors since its creation in 1996 He explained that the policy thrusts of the leaders were centred on lifting the state and its people from poverty illiteracy disease infrastructure deficit and backwardness He commanded the incumbent governor Chief Dave Umahi for improving and sustaining the Ebonyi development vision through his massive landmark infrastructure He nonetheless attributed the success story of Ebonyi to the foundation laid by the administration of Sen Sam Egwu the first civilian governor If you go through what Ebonyi was before Egwu came on board you will know that Ebonyi was a sheer dessert nothing was here it was derisively called dust of the nation and there was virtually no tarred road in the state No pipe borne water in the state and that accounted for the high incidences of guinea worm and cholera infestations in the state And of course successive governments in our older states where the various parts of Ebonyi belonged marginalised us criminally so to speak so much so that the people here in Ebonyi were like urchins they were like layabouts they didn t know what education meant Thank goodness that Ebonyi was created in 1996 and we had to look inwards and Ebonyi was also lucky to have former Gov Sam Egwu as the first governor of the state Because of his background as an intellectual and academic he was able to know what was of primary importance to the state and so he tackled it head on on assumption of office Otu noted He extolled the achievements of the Egwu administration in education housing road construction job creation and empowerment Egwu s administration operated on a kind of mass oriented governance structure look at the free and compulsory education which he declared two years into his administration and sustained throughout the administration We could count the number of graduates from the state on inception at our fingertips our teaching hospital then had only two consultants and the Ministry of Health had only nine doctors So each time we think about the achievements of the state I ask how did Ebonyi move from the backwoods to the frontline he added Otu congratulated former governors Egwu Chief Martin Elechi and the current governor Umahi for sustaining the chain of development in the state and called on future leaders to expand and sustain their efforts As we mark 26 years of the creation of Ebonyi I appeal that future leaders should expand and sustain the giant strides recorded in human and infrastructure developments he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
     Otu, ex-Commissioner harps on sustaining human, infrastructure development in Ebonyi
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     Otu, ex-Commissioner harps on sustaining human, infrastructure development in Ebonyi

    Dr John Otu, lecturer at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (A-EFUNAI), in Ebonyi has harped on the need for sustainable human and infrastructural development in Ebonyi.

    Otu, one-time Commissioner for Information and State Orientation in Ebonyi, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abakaliki.

    The former commissioner commended the leap in development, arguing that the state had emerged from the ashes of underdevelopment, and now reckoned among the frontline states in terms of human and infrastructural development.

    He noted that Ebonyi was lucky to be endowed with credible leaders as governors since its creation in 1996. He explained that the policy thrusts of the leaders were centred on lifting the state and its people from poverty, illiteracy, disease, infrastructure deficit and backwardness.

    He commanded the incumbent governor, Chief Dave Umahi for improving and sustaining the Ebonyi development vision, through his massive landmark infrastructure.

    He nonetheless attributed the success story of Ebonyi to the foundation laid by the administration of Sen. Sam Egwu, the first civilian governor.

    “If you go through what Ebonyi was before Egwu came on board, you will know that Ebonyi was a sheer dessert; nothing was here, it was derisively called ‘dust’ of the nation, and there was virtually no tarred road in the state.

    ” No pipe-borne water in the state and that accounted for the high incidences of guinea worm and cholera infestations in the state.

    “And of course, successive governments in our older states where the various parts of  Ebonyi belonged, marginalised us criminally so to speak, so much so that the people here in Ebonyi were like urchins, they were like layabouts, they didn’t know what education meant.

    ” Thank goodness that Ebonyi was created in 1996 and we had to look inwards and Ebonyi was also lucky to have former Gov. Sam Egwu as the first governor of the state.

    “Because of his background as an intellectual and academic, he was able to know what was of primary importance to the state and so he tackled it head-on, on assumption of office,” Otu noted.

    He extolled the achievements of the Egwu administration in education; housing, road construction, job creation and empowerment.

    “Egwu’s administration operated on a kind of mass-oriented governance structure; look at the free and compulsory education which he declared two years into his administration and sustained throughout the administration.

    ”  We could count the number of graduates from the state on inception at our fingertips; our teaching hospital then had only two consultants and the Ministry of Health had only nine doctors.

    “So, each time we think about the achievements of the state, I ask, how did Ebonyi move from the backwoods to the frontline?

    ” he added.

    Otu congratulated former governors Egwu, Chief Martin Elechi and the current governor, Umahi for sustaining the chain of development in the state and called on future leaders to expand and sustain their efforts.

    “As we mark 26 years of the creation of Ebonyi, I appeal that future leaders should expand and sustain the giant strides recorded in human and infrastructure developments,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Prof Chuwumerije Okereke Director Centre for Climate Change and Development at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ebonyi State says climate change will cost Nigeria 460 billion by 2050 if action is not taken to mitigate its effects Okereke made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the ninth international Lagos Climate Change Summit in Lagos Climate change is costing Nigeria already 100 billion per annum And that this amount will rise to about 460 billion per annum by 2050 And this represents a huge amount of our Gross Domestic Product GDP From 2020 till now climate change is already costing N15 trillion representing two to 11 per cent of the GDP by 2050 climate change will be costing N69 trillion representing six to 30 per cent of the GDP Okereke said The expert who is also a visiting professor to Oxford University said that climate change was already having untold effect on flooding and rising sea levels in the country According to Okereke flooding is already affecting 25 million people in Nigeria In Yenegoa there are 302 782 people estimated to be exposed to high flood risk along the Niger Benue basin in the Niger Delta area with 630km of land susceptible to flooding In Lagos 375 000 people are exposed to flooding the number will increase to about 3 2 million people by 2050 The direct estimate of damage and loss is N1 48 trillion The total damage and loss including indirect ones due to flooding is about N2 6 trillion Okereke said He said that with the rise in sea level an estimated 27 to 53 million people in the country might need to be relocated with a 0 5m increase in sea levels Okereke said that coastal settlements like Bonny Forcados Lagos Port Harcourt Warri and Calabar were at risk with vast amount of oil infrastructure He noted that the country had mapped out a lot of interesting policies to mitigate the effects of climate change Okereke listed the policies as long term sustainability plan to achieve a net zero emission target by 2060 and determined contribution to aggressively embark on actions to mitigate the impact change All these are very fascinating interesting policies However the action on the ground does not come anywhere near what is needed to arrest the situation to address the impact of climate change and to also reduce emissions from economic wide activity So we have a situation where we have a lot of various policies documents but very limited action on the ground and this worries me because I have been shouting that climate change poses an existential threat to Nigeria Okereke said He urged the government to match action with the right policies to achieved the desired result We need to inject a lot of finance and a lot of action to stem the problem of climate change Okereke said He noted that the impact of climate change on our agricultural system was extremely high Okereke said that many Nigerians engage in one kind of agricultural activity or the other and agriculture constitutes about 26 per cent of the nation s GDP With climate change you will have drought and it will affect different crops and impose even stronger negative implications on food security system in the country I have also argued that the depletion of the groundwater around the country caused by climate change and movement of people from the north to the south thereby fuelling insecurity So you have desertification in the north flooding in the West you have erosion in the east and deforestation in the south And all of these things are threatening the existence and the wellbeing of millions of Nigerians Okereke said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Climate change to cost Nigeria 0bn by 2050 – Expert
     Prof Chuwumerije Okereke Director Centre for Climate Change and Development at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ebonyi State says climate change will cost Nigeria 460 billion by 2050 if action is not taken to mitigate its effects Okereke made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the ninth international Lagos Climate Change Summit in Lagos Climate change is costing Nigeria already 100 billion per annum And that this amount will rise to about 460 billion per annum by 2050 And this represents a huge amount of our Gross Domestic Product GDP From 2020 till now climate change is already costing N15 trillion representing two to 11 per cent of the GDP by 2050 climate change will be costing N69 trillion representing six to 30 per cent of the GDP Okereke said The expert who is also a visiting professor to Oxford University said that climate change was already having untold effect on flooding and rising sea levels in the country According to Okereke flooding is already affecting 25 million people in Nigeria In Yenegoa there are 302 782 people estimated to be exposed to high flood risk along the Niger Benue basin in the Niger Delta area with 630km of land susceptible to flooding In Lagos 375 000 people are exposed to flooding the number will increase to about 3 2 million people by 2050 The direct estimate of damage and loss is N1 48 trillion The total damage and loss including indirect ones due to flooding is about N2 6 trillion Okereke said He said that with the rise in sea level an estimated 27 to 53 million people in the country might need to be relocated with a 0 5m increase in sea levels Okereke said that coastal settlements like Bonny Forcados Lagos Port Harcourt Warri and Calabar were at risk with vast amount of oil infrastructure He noted that the country had mapped out a lot of interesting policies to mitigate the effects of climate change Okereke listed the policies as long term sustainability plan to achieve a net zero emission target by 2060 and determined contribution to aggressively embark on actions to mitigate the impact change All these are very fascinating interesting policies However the action on the ground does not come anywhere near what is needed to arrest the situation to address the impact of climate change and to also reduce emissions from economic wide activity So we have a situation where we have a lot of various policies documents but very limited action on the ground and this worries me because I have been shouting that climate change poses an existential threat to Nigeria Okereke said He urged the government to match action with the right policies to achieved the desired result We need to inject a lot of finance and a lot of action to stem the problem of climate change Okereke said He noted that the impact of climate change on our agricultural system was extremely high Okereke said that many Nigerians engage in one kind of agricultural activity or the other and agriculture constitutes about 26 per cent of the nation s GDP With climate change you will have drought and it will affect different crops and impose even stronger negative implications on food security system in the country I have also argued that the depletion of the groundwater around the country caused by climate change and movement of people from the north to the south thereby fuelling insecurity So you have desertification in the north flooding in the West you have erosion in the east and deforestation in the south And all of these things are threatening the existence and the wellbeing of millions of Nigerians Okereke said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Climate change to cost Nigeria 0bn by 2050 – Expert
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    Climate change to cost Nigeria $460bn by 2050 – Expert

    Prof. Chuwumerije Okereke, Director, Centre for Climate Change and Development at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi State, says climate change will cost Nigeria $460 billion by 2050, if action is not taken to mitigate its effects.

    Okereke made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the ninth international Lagos Climate Change Summit in Lagos.

    ”Climate change is costing Nigeria already $100 billion per annum.

    And that this amount will rise to about $460 billion per annum by 2050. “And this represents a huge amount of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

    “From 2020 till now, climate change is already costing N15 trillion, representing two to 11 per cent of the GDP, by 2050 climate change will be costing N69 trillion, representing six to 30 per cent of the GDP,” Okereke said.

    The expert, who is also a visiting professor to Oxford University, said that climate change was already having untold effect on flooding and rising sea levels in the country.

    According to Okereke, flooding is already affecting 25 million people in Nigeria.

    “In Yenegoa, there are 302,782 people estimated to be exposed to high flood risk along the Niger-Benue basin in the Niger Delta area with 630km of land susceptible to flooding.

    “In Lagos, 375,000 people are exposed to flooding; the number will increase to about 3.2 million people by 2050. “The direct estimate of damage and loss is N1.48 trillion.

    The total damage and loss, including indirect ones due to flooding is about N2.6 trillion,” Okereke said.

    He said that with the rise in sea level, an estimated 27 to 53 million people in the country might need to be relocated with a 0.5m increase in sea levels.

    Okereke said that coastal settlements like Bonny, Forcados, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Warri and Calabar were at risk with vast amount of oil infrastructure.

    He noted that the country had mapped out a lot of interesting policies to mitigate the effects of climate change.

    Okereke listed the policies as long-term sustainability plan to achieve a net zero emission target by 2060 and determined contribution to aggressively embark on actions to mitigate the impact change.

    “All these are very fascinating, interesting policies.

    “However, the action on the ground does not come anywhere near what is needed to arrest the situation to address the impact of climate change and to also reduce emissions from economic wide activity.

    “So, we have a situation where we have a lot of various policies, documents, but very limited action on the ground and this worries me because I have been shouting that climate change poses an existential threat to Nigeria,” Okereke said.

    He urged the government to match action with the right policies to achieved the desired result.

    “We need to inject a lot of finance and a lot of action to stem the problem of climate change,” Okereke said.

    He noted that the impact of climate change on our agricultural system was extremely high.

    Okereke said that many Nigerians engage in one kind of agricultural activity or the other and agriculture constitutes about 26 per cent of the nation’s GDP.

    “With climate change, you will have drought and it will affect different crops and impose even stronger, negative implications on food security system in the country.

    “I have also argued that the depletion of the groundwater around the country caused by climate change and movement of people from the north to the south thereby fuelling insecurity.

    “So, you have desertification in the north, flooding in the West, you have erosion in the east and deforestation in the south.

    And all of these things are threatening the existence and the wellbeing of millions of Nigerians,” Okereke said.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Leaders of some Civil Society Organisations CSOs have lauded the Federal Government for appointing Dr Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director General of the National Council on Climate Change The CSOs in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday also expressed their delight that the Federal Government considered their calls for the implementation of the Climate Change Act The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in recent weeks the campaigners were persistent in their demands The CSOs leaders and participants at a virtual workshop in July had expressed the need for the federal government to establish the National Council on Climate Change Their call was made in order to boost implementation of the Nigeria Climate Change Act which was signed into law in November 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari Amid calls by youth groups for the commencement of the law s implementation the workshop was followed by the submission of a petition signed by 64 groups to relevant government agencies The campaigners who urged government to immediately implement the climate law also expressed their dismay over the delay by the government in implementing the core provisions of the Act However government took a major decision to signpost the beginning of the implementation of the Climate Change Act with the appointment of Dr Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change Consequently Prof Chukwumerije Okereke the President of the Society for Planet and Prosperity SPP said he was delighted that the government has listened to the message sent by leaders of Nigerian CSOs and NGOs to urgently implement the Climate Change Act Okereke is also the Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development CCCD at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Abakaliki Ebonyi Okereke led the Technical Committee set up by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila to review the bill Also Nnaemeka Oruh National Coordinator Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment GLOBE Nigeria lauded what he called coordinated campaign by stakeholders on the matter I would say that the coordinated campaigns by civil society the media youth advocates the international community especially the British High Commission and of course by the National Assembly especially Rep Sam Onuigbo played a critical role in this This is a win for Nigeria and an important step he said Dr Mina Ogbanga of the Centre for Development Support Initiatives CEDSI Nigeria described the development as a strong step in the right direction Ogbanga acknowledged the step as one that would cascade our climate change ambitions unto actualisation She said that the strategic advocacy of civil societies contributed in no small way to the government taking this step As an organisation we have continuously called for the implementation of the Climate Change Act as part of Nigeria s contribution to safeguarding its citizens against the harsh realities of climate change impact It is our hope that the composition of the National Council will meet all best practice standards to accomplish this very strategic step she said Abdulhamid Hamid the Chief Executive Officer Global Environmental and Climate Conservation Initiative GECCI said that the call for the government to implement the Climate Change Act was very effective He said We now know that the government is taking it seriously Therefore with this good development on the appointed DG of the Council we are still expecting for its urgent implementation The Climate Change Act also includes provisions for members of the public and private sectors as well as civil society women youth and people with disabilities It empowers the Council with significant powers to coordinate national climate actions administer the newly established Climate Change Fund mobilise resources to support climate actions and collaborate with the Nigerian Sovereign Green Bond in meeting Nigeria s NDC The Climate Change Fund is envisioned as a financing mechanism for prioritised climate actions and interventions The promotion and adoption of nature based solutions to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate climate change is encouraged The terms of the agency s being given funds to start implementing work and all those involved in the act should be called to be included in the implementation work that will begin as the law provides Similarly David Terungwa Founder and Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation GIFSEP said that the delay in the implementation of the Act was uncalled for He said While we commend the appointment of the Director General it is important to state that the long delay in the implementation of the Climate Change Act was not necessary Considering its importance it took a push and campaigns by civil society organisations and other stakeholders before the appointment of the Director General Now that we officially have less than seven years to act to keep global warming below 1 5 degrees Celsius 1 5 C as agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement urgent action is required more than ever before to deal with the increasing risks of climate change across the globe President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Climate Change Bill into law in November 2021 The Act reaffirms the federal government s aim to cut current emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 and achieve net zero emissions as early as possible in the second half of the century net zero target for 2050 to 2070 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CSO leaders laud FG on Dahiru’s appointment as pioneer Climate Council’s D-G
     Leaders of some Civil Society Organisations CSOs have lauded the Federal Government for appointing Dr Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director General of the National Council on Climate Change The CSOs in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday also expressed their delight that the Federal Government considered their calls for the implementation of the Climate Change Act The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in recent weeks the campaigners were persistent in their demands The CSOs leaders and participants at a virtual workshop in July had expressed the need for the federal government to establish the National Council on Climate Change Their call was made in order to boost implementation of the Nigeria Climate Change Act which was signed into law in November 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari Amid calls by youth groups for the commencement of the law s implementation the workshop was followed by the submission of a petition signed by 64 groups to relevant government agencies The campaigners who urged government to immediately implement the climate law also expressed their dismay over the delay by the government in implementing the core provisions of the Act However government took a major decision to signpost the beginning of the implementation of the Climate Change Act with the appointment of Dr Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change Consequently Prof Chukwumerije Okereke the President of the Society for Planet and Prosperity SPP said he was delighted that the government has listened to the message sent by leaders of Nigerian CSOs and NGOs to urgently implement the Climate Change Act Okereke is also the Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development CCCD at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Abakaliki Ebonyi Okereke led the Technical Committee set up by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila to review the bill Also Nnaemeka Oruh National Coordinator Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment GLOBE Nigeria lauded what he called coordinated campaign by stakeholders on the matter I would say that the coordinated campaigns by civil society the media youth advocates the international community especially the British High Commission and of course by the National Assembly especially Rep Sam Onuigbo played a critical role in this This is a win for Nigeria and an important step he said Dr Mina Ogbanga of the Centre for Development Support Initiatives CEDSI Nigeria described the development as a strong step in the right direction Ogbanga acknowledged the step as one that would cascade our climate change ambitions unto actualisation She said that the strategic advocacy of civil societies contributed in no small way to the government taking this step As an organisation we have continuously called for the implementation of the Climate Change Act as part of Nigeria s contribution to safeguarding its citizens against the harsh realities of climate change impact It is our hope that the composition of the National Council will meet all best practice standards to accomplish this very strategic step she said Abdulhamid Hamid the Chief Executive Officer Global Environmental and Climate Conservation Initiative GECCI said that the call for the government to implement the Climate Change Act was very effective He said We now know that the government is taking it seriously Therefore with this good development on the appointed DG of the Council we are still expecting for its urgent implementation The Climate Change Act also includes provisions for members of the public and private sectors as well as civil society women youth and people with disabilities It empowers the Council with significant powers to coordinate national climate actions administer the newly established Climate Change Fund mobilise resources to support climate actions and collaborate with the Nigerian Sovereign Green Bond in meeting Nigeria s NDC The Climate Change Fund is envisioned as a financing mechanism for prioritised climate actions and interventions The promotion and adoption of nature based solutions to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate climate change is encouraged The terms of the agency s being given funds to start implementing work and all those involved in the act should be called to be included in the implementation work that will begin as the law provides Similarly David Terungwa Founder and Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation GIFSEP said that the delay in the implementation of the Act was uncalled for He said While we commend the appointment of the Director General it is important to state that the long delay in the implementation of the Climate Change Act was not necessary Considering its importance it took a push and campaigns by civil society organisations and other stakeholders before the appointment of the Director General Now that we officially have less than seven years to act to keep global warming below 1 5 degrees Celsius 1 5 C as agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement urgent action is required more than ever before to deal with the increasing risks of climate change across the globe President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Climate Change Bill into law in November 2021 The Act reaffirms the federal government s aim to cut current emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 and achieve net zero emissions as early as possible in the second half of the century net zero target for 2050 to 2070 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CSO leaders laud FG on Dahiru’s appointment as pioneer Climate Council’s D-G
    Environment2 months ago

    CSO leaders laud FG on Dahiru’s appointment as pioneer Climate Council’s D-G

    Leaders of some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have lauded the Federal Government for appointing Dr Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director-General of the National Council on Climate Change.

    The CSOs, in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, also expressed their delight that the Federal Government considered their calls for the implementation of the Climate Change Act. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in recent weeks the campaigners were persistent in their demands.

    The CSOs leaders and participants at a virtual workshop in July, had expressed the need for the federal government to establish the National Council on Climate Change.

    Their call was made in order to boost implementation of the Nigeria Climate Change Act, which was signed into law in November 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Amid calls by youth groups for the commencement of the law’s implementation, the workshop was followed by the submission of a petition signed by 64 groups to relevant government agencies.

    The campaigners, who urged government to immediately implement the climate law, also expressed their dismay over the delay by the government in implementing the core provisions of the Act. However, government took a major decision to signpost the beginning of the implementation of the Climate Change Act with the appointment of Dr. Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change.

    Consequently, Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, the President of the Society for Planet and Prosperity (SPP), said he was delighted that the government has listened to the message sent by leaders of Nigerian CSOs and NGOs to urgently implement the Climate Change Act. Okereke is also the Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCCD) at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Abakaliki, Ebonyi.

    Okereke led the Technical Committee set up by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to review the bill.

    Also Nnaemeka Oruh, National Coordinator, Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE), Nigeria, lauded what he called coordinated campaign by stakeholders on the matter.

    “I would say that the coordinated campaigns by civil society, the media, youth advocates, the international community especially the British High Commission, and of course by the National Assembly especially Rep. Sam Onuigbo, played a critical role in this.

    “This is a win for Nigeria and an important step” he said.

    Dr Mina Ogbanga of the Centre for Development Support Initiatives (CEDSI Nigeria), described the development as `a strong step in the right direction’.

    Ogbanga acknowledged the step as one that would cascade our climate change ambitions unto actualisation.

    She said that “the strategic advocacy of civil societies contributed in no small way to the government taking this step.

    “As an organisation, we have continuously called for the implementation of the Climate Change Act as part of Nigeria’s contribution to safeguarding its citizens against the harsh realities of climate change impact.

    “It is our hope that the composition of the National Council will meet all best practice standards to accomplish this very strategic step,” she said.

    Abdulhamid Hamid, the Chief Executive Officer, Global Environmental and Climate Conservation Initiative (GECCI), said that the call for the government to implement the Climate Change Act “was very effective”.

    He said: “We now know that the government is taking it seriously.

    Therefore, with this good development on the appointed DG of the Council, we are still expecting for its urgent implementation.

    “The Climate Change Act also includes provisions for members of the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, women, youth, and people with disabilities.

    “It empowers the Council with significant powers to coordinate national climate actions, administer the newly established Climate Change Fund, mobilise resources to support climate actions, and collaborate with the Nigerian Sovereign Green Bond in meeting Nigeria’s NDC.

    “The Climate Change Fund is envisioned as a financing mechanism for prioritised climate actions and interventions.

    “The promotion and adoption of nature-based solutions to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate climate change is encouraged.

    “The terms of the agency’s being given funds to start implementing work, and all those involved in the act should be called to be included in the implementation work that will begin as the law provides.

    ” Similarly, David Terungwa, Founder and Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), said that the delay in the implementation of the Act was uncalled for.

    He said: “While we commend the appointment of the Director General, it is important to state that the long delay in the implementation of the Climate Change Act was not necessary.

    “Considering its importance it took a push and campaigns by civil society organisations and other stakeholders before the appointment of the Director General.

    “Now that we officially have less than seven years to act to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5°C), as agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement, urgent action is required more than ever before to deal with the increasing risks of climate change across the globe.

    President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Climate Change Bill into law in November 2021. The Act reaffirms the federal government’s aim to cut current emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 and achieve net zero emissions as early as possible in the second half of the century (net zero target for 2050 to 2070).


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  •  The Lagos State Government says it is set for the ninth edition of its Climate Change Summit The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources Mr Tunji Bello stated this at a news conference on Wednesday in Lagos ahead of the summit According to Bello the summit which will take place from Aug 2 to Aug 3 will be action oriented because the government has decided to do things differently Bello said that for the government to achieve a robust summit it co opted the Organised Private Sector OPS from the planning stage to the delivery of the Summit This is in recognition of the impact of the OPS to economic growth in Lagos and our resolve to mainstream climate action in the next phase of the developmental agenda in Lagos state It is also an affirmative action in the support of the role of the private sector in mitigating the effects of climate change Bello said He said that the theme of the 2022 edition of the Summit is Integrating Climate Actions in Lagos State Development Investment Opportunities and Trade offs According to him the theme demonstrates the effect of climate action on the state and how new vistas of opportunities can be developed The commissioner said that the state government inaugurated the Lagos State Climate Action Plan at the eighth edition of the summit in 2021 He said that the projected agenda embedded in that plan was aimed at charting a course towards achieving net zero emissions that is zero carbon emission in Lagos by 2050 He added that the state hope to achieve zero carbon emission through the provision of impact oriented actions across various sectors of the economy What this simply means is that we have to accelerate the development of a green economy in the state by exploring innovative climate solutions and mobilizing various resources required to achieve the target Bello said He said that Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu will be the Special Guest of Honour at the summit The commissioner said that the lead paper titled Financing Transformative Climate Action for Lagos State would be delivered by Prof Chukwumerije Okereke Okereke is the Director of the Center for Climate Change and Development Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ebonyi Bello enjoined all stakeholders development partners and investors to join Lagos as partners in progress towards achieving a green and sustainable economic growth in Lagos The commissioner expressed optimism that the summit will create a sustainable environment for future generations The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other dignitaries present at the conference included the Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services Lagos state Mr Lekan Shodeinde and the Consultant on Climate Change Prof Babajide Alo Also in attendace was Dr Omobolaji Gaji Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services Ministry of Environment www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG set for 9th Climate Change Summit
     The Lagos State Government says it is set for the ninth edition of its Climate Change Summit The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources Mr Tunji Bello stated this at a news conference on Wednesday in Lagos ahead of the summit According to Bello the summit which will take place from Aug 2 to Aug 3 will be action oriented because the government has decided to do things differently Bello said that for the government to achieve a robust summit it co opted the Organised Private Sector OPS from the planning stage to the delivery of the Summit This is in recognition of the impact of the OPS to economic growth in Lagos and our resolve to mainstream climate action in the next phase of the developmental agenda in Lagos state It is also an affirmative action in the support of the role of the private sector in mitigating the effects of climate change Bello said He said that the theme of the 2022 edition of the Summit is Integrating Climate Actions in Lagos State Development Investment Opportunities and Trade offs According to him the theme demonstrates the effect of climate action on the state and how new vistas of opportunities can be developed The commissioner said that the state government inaugurated the Lagos State Climate Action Plan at the eighth edition of the summit in 2021 He said that the projected agenda embedded in that plan was aimed at charting a course towards achieving net zero emissions that is zero carbon emission in Lagos by 2050 He added that the state hope to achieve zero carbon emission through the provision of impact oriented actions across various sectors of the economy What this simply means is that we have to accelerate the development of a green economy in the state by exploring innovative climate solutions and mobilizing various resources required to achieve the target Bello said He said that Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu will be the Special Guest of Honour at the summit The commissioner said that the lead paper titled Financing Transformative Climate Action for Lagos State would be delivered by Prof Chukwumerije Okereke Okereke is the Director of the Center for Climate Change and Development Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ebonyi Bello enjoined all stakeholders development partners and investors to join Lagos as partners in progress towards achieving a green and sustainable economic growth in Lagos The commissioner expressed optimism that the summit will create a sustainable environment for future generations The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other dignitaries present at the conference included the Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services Lagos state Mr Lekan Shodeinde and the Consultant on Climate Change Prof Babajide Alo Also in attendace was Dr Omobolaji Gaji Permanent Secretary Office of Environmental Services Ministry of Environment www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG set for 9th Climate Change Summit
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    LASG set for 9th Climate Change Summit

    The Lagos State Government says it is set for the ninth edition of its Climate Change Summit.

    The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, stated this at a news conference on Wednesday in Lagos ahead of the summit .

    According to Bello, the summit, which will take place from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, will be action-oriented because the government has decided to do things differently.

    Bello said that for the government to achieve a robust summit, it co-opted the Organised Private Sector (OPS) from the planning stage to the delivery of the Summit.

    “This is in recognition of the impact of the OPS to economic growth in Lagos and our resolve to mainstream climate action in the next phase of the developmental agenda in Lagos state.

    “It is also an affirmative action in the support of the role of the private sector in mitigating the effects of climate change,” Bello said.

    He said that the theme of the 2022 edition of the Summit is “Integrating Climate Actions in Lagos State Development; Investment Opportunities and Trade-offs”.

    According to him, the theme demonstrates the effect of climate action on the state and how new vistas of opportunities can be developed.

    The commissioner said that the state government inaugurated the Lagos State Climate Action Plan at the eighth edition of the summit in 2021.

    He said that the projected agenda embedded in that plan was aimed at charting a course towards achieving net zero emissions; that is zero carbon emission in Lagos by 2050.

    He added that the state hope to achieve zero carbon emission through the provision of impact oriented actions across various sectors of the economy.

    “What this simply means is that we have to accelerate the development of a green economy in the state by exploring innovative climate solutions and mobilizing various resources required to achieve the target,” Bello said.

    He said that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will be the Special Guest of Honour at the summit.

    The commissioner said that the lead paper, titled “Financing Transformative Climate Action for Lagos State”, would be delivered by Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke.

    Okereke is the Director of the Center for Climate Change and Development, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi.

    Bello enjoined all stakeholders, development partners and investors to join Lagos as partners in progress towards achieving a green and sustainable economic growth in Lagos.

    The commissioner expressed optimism that the summit will create a sustainable environment for future generations.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other dignitaries present at the conference included the Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Lagos state, Mr Lekan Shodeinde and the Consultant on Climate Change, Prof. Babajide Alo. Also in attendace was Dr Omobolaji Gaji, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Ministry of Environment.

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