Abuja - The Minister of Environment,
Hajiya Amina Mohammed, said Nigeria was yet to submit its Intended National
Determined Contribution (INDC) for the new Climate Change Agreement to be
adopted in Paris.
Mohammed disclosed this on Tuesday at news conference
preparatory to the Conference of Parties; also know as COP21 scheduled to hold
in Paris between Nov. 30 and Dec. 11.
"Nigeria to date is yet to submit its INDC. This is because
there are various processes that we must go through.
"To prepare an INDC requires an incredible amount of
expertise and seriousness.
''What we are putting there, which is intended and not
legally binding, has to be put together in a sensible way that will generate
the partnership that we get outside to implement it.
"There are many countries who have submitted INDCs and to
be frank they are not being in best shape that they should be,’’ the minister.
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She said that the country was trying to do the best in that
regard and called for patience as the country was serious about the Paris
Mohammed said that one of the expectations from the new
climate change agreement to be adopted was keeping global warming at below two
"It (Climate Change Agreement) is universal agreement aim
at keeping global warming at below two degrees Celsius.
"If it doesn’t keep it below that, certainly the planet
will be in jeopardy for us, the planet will survive without us but we will not
survive without it.
"So, below two degrees negotiation are incredibly
important,’’ Mohammed said.
The minister also said that other expectation was setting
the path for a low global carbon economy, where economies grow with less
emission of green house gases.
"That means that as our economy grow and talking about the
industrialisation of our economies, we have to find a green path to that growth
so that we see less emissions.
"That paradigm shift will require that all countries will
to address their responsibilities of achieving this.
"The agreement in Paris really does represent a critical
opportunity to send a non-ambiguous signal that the world shift to economic and
social activities that has more climate friendly and development in a
sustainable path ways,’’ she said.