Okereke Outlines Key Steps To Scaling Up Climate Implementation In Nigeria

The President, Society for Planet and Prosperity (SPP) and Director, Centre of Climate Change and Development, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi State, Nigeria (AEFUNAI), Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, was guest speaker in a webinar hosted by the Association of Sustainability Professionals of Nigeria (ASPN) on February 24 as part of the 2022 induction programme of the professional body.

The webinar had “COP26 and Nigeria’s Net Zero Commitments-Analysing the Facts, the Implications” as its theme and was intended to engage sustainability stakeholders, some of which include Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), key players in Nigeria’s private sector (particularly those in the oil & gas, energy, financial services, manufacturing, real estate and construction, agriculture, telecommunications, transportation, other sector players), media and civil society groups, and environmental and social risk practitioners on result-oriented discussions around Nigeria’s climate-related threats and opportunities, and its readiness to deliver on its global commitments to tackle climate change.

Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, was represented by Mrs Iniobong Abiola-Awe, Director of the Department of Climate Change (DCC).

Professor Okereke delivered a speech titled the “Nigeria’s Climate Commitments and Implementation Readiness: Workable Strategies, Frameworks and Regulations”. In his presentation, he stated that Nigeria has shown a determination to deliver ambitious climate commitments, pronouncements, and pledges in an era of austerity but noted that concerted effort was now needed to translate the pledges into concrete policies and actions that will help Nigeria build resilience to climate change and achieve sustainable green economic growth.

Professor Okereke cited the revised NDC which has 20% unconditional and 47% percent condition emission reduction pledges, the 2050 Long-Term Vision for Nigeria (LTV-2050), the Nigeria Energy Transition Plan, the 2060 net zero pledge by President Buhari at COP26 in Glasgow, the Nigeria Climate Change Act and the ongoing Nigeria Deep Decarbonation Project (DDP- Nigeria) as some examples of the credible and ambitious climate efforts made by the government.

Professor Okereke highlighted several concrete steps that Nigeria can take to move beyond policy pronouncements into implementation state. He noted that Nigeria has not yet developed full GHG inventory (GHGI) and prescribed the key next steps on this to include the establishment of institution for the oversight and coordination of data; establishing data collection, documentation and management system; building a full MRV capacity and improving MRV system over time.

On policy and science, Okereke urged for designing and review of the current mitigation policy landscape, the development of a detailed appraisal of priority actions for key sectors, and open access to financing of mitigation actions. He said several climate actions such as clean cooking, climate smart agriculture, distributed renewable energy, green transportation and energy efficiency have the potential to deliver climate objectives as well as wider sustainable development goals such as green jobs, clean air, better health, food and energy security. He said more modelling work and economic analysis were required to quantify net benefits and aid science-based policy.

Professor Okereke said a big area of opportunity for climate action in Nigeria is to mainstream climate change into other sectors of the economy including transportation, water and irrigation, energy, etc. He said that according to the Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria’s core infrastructure stock is currently estimated at 30% of GDP and falls short of the international benchmark of 70%.

He observed that Nigeria’s aspiration and infrastructure target for 30 years is estimated to need no less than $3 trillion infrastructure investment. He also said cited the IFC figure, saying that the Paris Agreement has opened nearly $23 trillion in opportunities for climate-smart investments in emerging markets between now and 2030.

Professor Okereke said that investing in green infrastructures is the only way for Nigeria to scale up climate implementation and achieve long term low carbon and climate resilient development.

While making reference to the estimated cost of implementing Nigeria NDCs valued at $177 billion, he decried the paltry climate finance status of Nigeria and recommended that Nigeria establishes an institutional arrangement for the oversight and coordination of climate finance activities, identifies funding gaps and needs, assesses public and private financing options and develops a country climate investment plan among other financial recommendations.

He expressed hope that the new Nigeria Climate Change Act as signed by President Buhari provides a robust legal framework needed to improve Nigeria’s readiness and drive a full-scale implementation of climate change action that will put Nigeria on the path to a just and green economy.

By Gboyega Olorunfemi and Ethelbert E. Anieze, Society for Planet and Prosperity (SPP)

SPP Partners With UNIC Nigeria, GECCI To Discuss Outcome Of Cop26 With Nigerian Youths

The Society for Planet and Prosperity (SPP) is supporting the Global Environmental and Climate Conservation Initiative (GECCI) in the organization of Nigeria youths post COP26 conference across the Six geo-political zones of Nigeria with the theme “Outcome of COP26 and where do we go from here”. GECCI is organizing the event in collaboration with the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Nigeria (Host). The first of the series was held in Port Harcourt (South South) while the second series will be holding at the Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure (South West) January 22, 2022 in collaboration with Elomgreenie and Environmental Conservation Club, FUTA with other series already planned for the remaining geo-political regions of Nigeria.

 The conference is expected to bring together participants from government and non-profit organizations, the private sector, members of academia, and civil society organizations, it will provide better understanding of the different environmental issues affecting the different regions of Nigeria and encourage inclusiveness, It will also create a unique opportunity to hear leading experts, including those who attended COP26 in person share experience and respond to questions and a platform to give special recognition to Green Actors with awards of excellence.

According to the CEO, GECCI, Dr. Abdulhamid Tahir Hamid, the conference is expected to achieve the following key objectives: To gain a better understanding of the COP26 outcome and what it means for Nigeria’s climate policy and economic development; develop a roadmap for the domestication of the outcome of COP26; Empowering youth to explore innovative ideas to tackle development challenges; creating an Opportunity for Joint Reflection of Key Stakeholders and Experts on the Outcome of COP26 and the Implications for Nigeria; Develop an Implementation Roadmap for National Climate Actions that will Leverage the Opportunities for Just Green Transition that were Created at COP 26 while Strengthening Nigeria’s Resilience Against Climate Change; Providing youth with the tools to build and engage in impactful projects while Identifying interest in opportunities for capacity development, partnerships, and further action.

Society for Planet and Prosperity is committed to promoting climate action and climate advocacy. SPP is also committed to advancing the course for effective implementation of the Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and facilitating resilient and green recovery approach for a just transition to net zero. SPP is being represented at the South West conference by Gboyega Olorunfemi on the panel alongside eminently qualified panelists. The keynote speech for the South West conference will be delivered by Professor Ahmed Balogun of the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, FUTA while the event will be moderated by Kayode Ojeola of Elomgreenie club, FUTA.

WEBINAR INVITE – Opportunities For A Resilient Post-COVID-19 Recovery In Africa

The Society for Planet and Prosperity, Power Shift Africa and Positive Agenda Advisory would like to invite you to a High-Level Pan-African webinar titled “Opportunities for a Resilient Post-COVID-19 Recovery in Africa” scheduled for Thursday, September 16th, 2021, at 12PM (GMT) / 1PM (BST) / 3PM (EAT) / 1PM (ABUJA).
The Pan- African Webinar will feature key attendees from multilateral stakeholders, including CSOs, NGOs, government officials and academics to discuss the options, approaches and concrete opportunities for a green and resilient post-COVID-19 recovery in Africa.
Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, President of the Society for Planet Prosperity, will moderate the esteemed panel guiding the conversation consisting of:
1. Professor Rym Ayadi – Founder and President, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA)
2. Mr. Saliem Fakir – Executive Director, The African Climate Foundation
3. Dr. Innocent Onah – Climate and Green Growth Expert, African Development Bank Group
4. Dr. Fathallah Sijilmassi – Founder and CEO, Positive Agenda Advisory
5. Mohamed Adow – Director, Power Shift Africa

We hope you can join us as we discuss ways to create a green, resilient and sustainable future for our continent.

You can register for the webinar https://bit.ly/2WWuivf and see attached flyer for more details that you can share to your network
For enquiries on this report and webinar, Kindly contact Gboyega Olorunfemi – gaolorunfemi@gmail.com

High-Level Dialogue On Africa’S Post-Covid-19 Green And Resilient Post Covid-19 Recovery In Africa April 15Th, 2021.

CONCEPT NOTE

BACKGROUND:

We are organizing a high-level event to discuss options, approaches, and concrete recommendations that can help facilitate green and resilient post Covid-19 recovery in African countries with a specific focus on Nigeria and the rest of West Africa.

Covid-19 is an unprecedented event with socioeconomic consequences of immense proportion for Nigeria as well as other West African countries. While the number of cases and deaths linked to Covid-19 in the subregion remains below projected figures in March 2020, the pandemic has and continues to stretch regional and global health, financial and socio-economic resilience to their very limits. The pandemic has also triggered multiple impacts on the environment, exacerbated inequalities and food security, and upended Africa’s economic growth projections. The subregion is being faced with plummeted GDP and a sudden spike in inflation with a projected fall in international remittances and FDI.

Covid-19 could result in lower emissions but also to the reversal of efforts to achieve SDGs in West Africa. The current economic challenge could lead to slow progress in the development of the technologies and innovation needed to make long-term sustainable progress in tackling climate change and moving the economies along the green development paths. Some projections indicate up to 30 million jobs could be lost and about 28 to 49 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty.

At the same time, the situation presents opportunities for governments and other stakeholders to use the Covid-19 recovery efforts to shift their economies from a brown and unequal trajectory to a much greener and equitable path. It has been argued that that tackling climate change is not a needless inconvenience that should be set aside in the pursuit of the recovery of economic growth; but rather a necessity that needs to be tackled alongside, and indeed as part of the economic recovery plan. The concept of green recovery and building back better have gained some level of popularity in the last six months but there has been limited national and international discussion about what these concepts mean for Africa and the concrete recommendations on the kinds of system thinking, strategic planning and concrete actions required by key actors in Africa to steer the continent on the path of green resilient recovery.

 

OBJECTIVES:

The objectives of the High-Level Event on Green and Resilient Recovery in Nigeria and the rest of West Africa are to:

(1) Explore the multi-faceted impact of Covid-19 on Nigeria and the rest of West Africa and the importance of green recovery-driven policies, practices and investments and how these will positively impact on socio-economic sustainability and resilient of sub-Saharan Africa

(2) Provide a forum for the exchange of views on the ideas, options and approaches that can help West African countries integrate climate change action as a central objective in the planning and implementation of their post Covid-19 economic recovery plans in support of UN Decades of Action and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Africa Unions’ Agenda 2063.

 (3)  Facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences among global and regional leaders, thought leaders and experts on effective policies/approaches that can promote green recovery resilient post Covid-19 era.

 (4) Facilitate a dialogue to help ensure that no one or sector is left behind in the effort being made by African countries to identify investment opportunities create green jobs and steer the continent on the path of just green transition.

(5) Provide an opportunity for key policymakers to develop new partnerships across sectors that will champion a renewed frontier for green recovery post covid-19

 

PARTICIPATION:

Target participants include (1) Senior-level policymakers and political leaders; (2) Representatives of multilateral institutions and key donors; (3) Representatives of NGOs and civil society, (4) The academia, and (5) Private sector organizations with local and international presence.

EVENT FORMAT:

The high-level event will be an open event to be held virtually as two (2) hour session in a World Economic Forum panel format between 10:00AM – 12:00 Noon.

Climate Education At Henry Alex Duduyemi Memorial College

In July 2017, we were received by the students of Henry Alex Duduyemi Memorial CollegeIle-Ife, Osun State, the staff and students were taught the importance of trees to our existence which includes combating hunger and poverty, they were also educated on the dangers of climate change to the environment after which they were led into TREE PLANTING. The Principal, Teachers, and Students all planted TREES after the lecture.