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Nigerian Council on Climate Change Believes Carbon pricing Will Address Climate Challenges

The National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), says carbon pricing will address some of the climate challenges in Nigeria.

The Director General of the agency Dr. Salisu Dahiru, made this known at a workshop for the assessment of carbon pricing initiatives in Nigeria held on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, in Abuja.

According to him, “As far as Nigeria is concerned, the carbon trading scheme is an aspect of our national policy, and also a national priority to put in place all the measures needed to address all our mitigation challenges.

“Carbon pricing is one of the foundational work that is needed to be done in order to prepare Nigeria for participating in the emissions trading scheme for which the process had begun,“ he said.

Dahiru revealed that the validation workshop would enable Nigerians to be familiar with the processes of understanding carbon pricing to meet Nigeria’s input.

“A situation where the ongoing carbon trading schemes are all over the place are being done without recourse to the designated national authority for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Nigeria has to stop.

“We will ensure that every opportunity for harvesting emissions reduction certificates from ongoing activities in Nigeria is linked to our NCCC.

“Carbon trading is not going to be limited only to the NCCC but to all the MDAs or sectors that are interested in pursuing projects that can end carbon credit.

He expressed optimism that the workshop would facilitate one of the robust carbon trading systems in Africa and also lay the foundation for stakeholders in Nigeria to work towards achieving this target.

“We are very familiar with the flooding in 2022, we are seeing signs of the flooding, especially with the recent one at Lugbe which tends to highlight that nobody can escape the impact of climate change.

“It calls for conceited and collective efforts to ensure that Nigeria is fully positioned to take advantage of the opportunities in climate change and adaptation, not only for us but for the government to invest in private sectors to see what is in carbon trading,” Dahiru noted.

Coordinator of the West African Alliance on Carbon Market and Climate Finance Ousmane Sarr, in his remark, said that the objective of the West African Alliance was to harness the coordination of West African negotiators on the carbon market.

Represented by the D-G African Energy-Environment El Hadji Diagne, said that carbon taxes are one of the effective means to achieve a reduction in carbon emissions.

“This is why most of the developed countries that have agreements with the Paris Club consider zero carbon emissions.

“Carbon pricing may also support adaptive nature and also contribute to poverty reduction from the revenue that comes from it,” Sarr said.


By Dare Akogun

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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