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Nigeria Tasks African Leaders Over Steps On Mitigating Impact Of Climate

From Dare Akogun, Egypt

The Federal Government of Nigeria has called on African leaders to take decisive action to mitigate the impact of Climate Change, as the continent is at a critical stage with respect to the world’s climate future.

The leaders of Nigeria’s delegation and Minister of Environment Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi made call today while addressing African leaders during the launch of the African Carbon Market Initiative (ACIM), a side event organized by the Climate Action at COP 27 taking place in Egypt.

According to him “our actions today and over the next few decades will determine the fate of future generations and the planet.

“This year, we witnessed disastrous extreme weather events from terrifying wildfires in the United States, to unprecedented heat waves in India, Pakistan, and Europe, to powerful floods in my country, Nigeria, this devastating floods have affected about 33 states, displacing over 1.4 million people, destroying over 100,000 hectares of farmland and causing about 600 deaths.

The Honourable Minister of Environment, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi addressing African leaders during the launch of the African Carbon Market Initiative at COP27 in Egypt.                                                                                           PHOTO: Federal Min of Environment

“In addition, we are witnessing increased desertification, erosion, and pollution; the impacts of which are too severe to ignore. These glaring climate signals indicate that we do not have the luxury of time when it comes to the impacts of climate change”, he said.

The Minister emphasized that Africa despite contributing the least to both historical and current emissions bears the brunt of the impact of climate change to a disproportionate level; hence the case for accelerated climate action.

He therefore, called on African leaders to strongly demand urgent and decisive climate action from the developed countries that are most responsible for the emissions that cause climate change.

“We cannot afford any more delays; our people and nations are on the line.” He stressed.

Talking about the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration at mitigating climate change, Barr. Abdullahi revealed that Nigeria submitted a highly ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and is spending up to 9% of its GDP in addressing climate change.

He added that in 2021, Nigeria became the first African country to design a detailed Energy Transition Plan to tackle the dual crises of energy poverty and climate change and deliver universal access to energy (SDG7) by 2030 and net-zero by 2060.

The Minister while calling the attention of investors and the international communities to the investment opportunities inherent in the Energy Transition Plan of Nigeria, he advocated continued global collaboration in the drive to tackle climate change.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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