Lagos - President Muhammadu Buhari has
approved the submission of the country’s Intended Nationally Determined
Contributions (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
The policy aims to address climate change.
Buhari approved Nigeria’s INDC last week and submitted to
the UNFCCC ahead of Monday’s opening in Paris of the United Nations Climate
Change conference (COP 21).
The Federal Government’s policy to address climate
change, as espoused in the country’s INDC, commits to 20 percent unconditional
and 45 percent conditional Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) emission reduction post
“The action plan announced by the Government represents a
fair and meaningful contribution to address climate change and equally reaffirms
Buhari’s commitment to an economic transformation which places inclusive, green
growth as key priority for this administration,” said his spokesperson, Femi
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He said Buhari was fully aware of the acute threat that
climate change poses to Nigeria’s development through flooding, desertification
and insecurity, and many of these accrue from weather-related natural
In Paris, the issue of Lake Chad’s current depletion,
which has become a cause of international concern, will be major focus of a
meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Summit of Heads of State and Government, which
Buhari will attend with Nigeria’s delegation on Tuesday.
The Lake Chad is currently less than 10 percent of its
original size and little of the remaining waters is in Nigeria.
Of an estimated 20 million people that lived on the Lake
Chad Basin as at 2013, about 11,7 million were in the Northeastern region of
Meanwhile, during the conference in Paris,
Buhari is scheduled to participate in the launching of International Solar
Alliance by the Indian Prime Minister and the French President, where he will
seek international partnerships to deliver Nigeria’s climate change
- CAJ News