climate change interventions

Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for Environment, has assured Nigerians that the country is on top of climatic challenges, noting that the federal government has made several climate change interventions aimed at mitigating climate change and increasing resilience in order to avoid the excruciating consequences of climate change.

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The minister said in Abuja the country had made several interventions to reverse the dreadful trend of climate change in Nigeria.

She noted that President Muhammadu Buhari generously signed into law the Climate Change Bill passed by the National Assembly, emphasizing that the Climate Change Law provides an overarching legal framework for Nigeria to articulate a long-term climate plan to achieve a net-zero carbon emission target, national climate resilience, and an adequate volume of climate finance with a focus on national development priorities.

According to her, the Federal Government of Nigeria recently submitted its revised and robust Nationally Determined Contributions, which articulate climate actions until 2030 in response to Article 4.2 of the Paris Agreement.

“In addition, the Federal Government of Nigeria formulated and communicated its Long-Term Low GHG Emission Development Strategies (LT LEDS) envisioned that,” the minister said.

By 2050, Nigeria will be a low-carbon, climate-resilient, high-growth circular economy that reduces its current level of emissions by half, aiming for net-zero emissions across all sectors of development in a gender-responsive manner.”

She went on to say that the Federal Ministry of Environment also developed the Nigeria Decarbonisation Transition Plan.

Plan, which outlined pathways for Nigeria to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

She recalled that the government’s efforts to transition to a low emission economy were sounded in all of the discussions that the Federal Government of Nigeria was involved in at COP26, noting that at the height of it, President Buhari promised a zero-net emission target for Nigeria by 2060.

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However, she stated that while climate change concerns, awareness, and policy are growing, “there is still a need to better understand the quantities of emissions reduction that can be made from each of the sectors of the economy such as power, oil, and gas, transportation, agriculture, industry, and so on.”

“We need a better understanding of how quickly such emissions can be made while maintaining sustainable economic growth, the technologies that will be required, and the broader economic and social implications of rapid emission reduction pathways.”

Such clarity is critical for planning, financing, and securing the long-term investment required to shift our economy toward a more sustainable path.

Future green and climate-resilient development.”

She stated that the Nigeria Deep Decarbonisation Project is thus a critical component in our efforts to guide Nigeria and the rest of the world through the harsh and unpleasant risks of climate change.

Indeed, as many here will attest, we have recently been confronted with the dangerous consequences of extreme weather, as well as significant financial strain.

Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, National Project Leader of the Nigeria Deep Decarbonisation Project (NDDP), explained that the project has the potential to grow Nigeria’s Green Economy in accordance with global standards.

He stated that by the time of the COP27 in Egypt, Nigeria should be able to take a commanding position in the Green Economy.





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