Buhari presents climate change policy to UN

LAGOS: NIGERIA President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the submission of the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The policy aims to address climate change.

Buahri 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 2020.

“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 Adesina. 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 disasters.

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 Nigeria. 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 response.