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Climate Change: Don Urges FG To Announce Its National Action Plan

Posted: Oct 20, 2015 at 6:36 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Prof. Daniel Gwary, a climate change negotiator, has called on the Federal Government to announce its national action plan to curb climate popularly known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

According to him, Nigeria should announce its preparedness to reduced emissions a head of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December.

“As Nigeria prepares for Conference of Parties (COP 21) on Climate Change in Paris; it should announce its preparedness to reduce emissions in line with other countries.

“Nigeria as the most populous country in Africa, I think Mr President wants Nigeria to be at the forefront not in the crowd.

“So, we must come up with an action plan and we must protect our economy,’’ he said.

Total of 146 countries, representing almost 87 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, have submitted their intended national climate action plans to the UN.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said the response by countries in submitting their climate action plans to the Paris agreement over the past few months had been unprecedented.

According to UNFCC, this means that so far over 75 per cent of all member countries UNFCCC have responded.

It noted that the submission included all developed countries under the Convention and 104 developing countries, or almost 70 per cent of UNFCCC developing member states.

Gwary, a Professor of Crop Protection, University of Maiduguri, said that agriculture is a very important aspect of the country’s economy that has to do with emission of carbon.

According to him, agriculture has to do with emissions in the areas of soil management and livestock production.

“If Nigeria is thinking about making commitment to reduce emissions, then the country has to look inwards into the agriculture sector.

“We can cut down our emissions in that sector by improving on agricultural practices in livestock and crop production.

“Apart from the agriculture sector, we need to also cut down our emissions in power, transport, petroleum, solid minerals and manufacturing sectors,’’ he said.

Gwary, however, supported the views of some international consultants that suggested 50 per cent reduction of the emissions for Nigeria by 2030.

According to him, the 50 per cent is an ambitious target but attainable.

“It is attainable if key players and Nigerians support the present administration to make things to work, to improve agriculture, power and transport sectors and also support good governance.

“For example, it is the political will that government needs to cut down gas flaring.

“I am hopeful that the country can achieve the target but anything more that will be too ambitious,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs Fatima Mede, also said recently at ECOWAS Regional Climate Change Finance Workshop in Abuja that the INDCs would be submitted by October, ahead the Paris conference.

Mede, who said that the document was ready and was only awaiting the blessing at the highest level, also said Nigeria was being meticulous in preparing its commitments.