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Nigeria launches Long Term Low Emission Development Strategy at COP28

Nigeria has achieved what looks like another major milestone in her effort to achieve a net zero carbon economy by 2060 by launching its Long-Term Low Emission Development Strategy on Friday, December 1, 2023, at COP28 in Dubai, UAE.

The event, which was graced by dignitaries and delegates from different countries around the world, was held at the African Pavilion in the Blue Zone and was moderated by Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development, AEFUNAI, and Dr Eugene Itua, Executive Director of the Natural Eco Capital, the organisation that coordinated and led the development of the LT-LEDS, which was started under the supervision of the Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of the Environment, and concluded under the auspices of the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC).

Director General of the NCCC, Dr Salisu Dahiru, who was temporarily represented by Ms Halima- Bwa-Bari, stated that Nigeria was proud to launch the LT-LEDS, which is guaranteed to support sustainable development and climate resilient economy for the nation.

Minister for Aviation and Aerospace, Festus Keyamo (SAN), who represented the Minister for Environment, Balarabe Abbas Lawal, said that the LTS was an important milestone in Nigeria’s effort to implement the country’s net-zero pledge made at COP26 in Glasgow. He said that Nigeria was committed to pursue the transition from a fossil fuel dependent economy to a low carbon future in keeping with the global trend and the Paris Agreement and urged international development partners to support the implementation of the LT-LEDS.

Global Director of the NDC Partnership, Mr. Pablo Vieria, said that Nigeria should be very proud of accomplishment. He stated that by developing the LTS, Nigeria is joining a distinguished group of countries that are exhibiting leadership in developing a clear strategy to decarbonise their economies in response to global climate change. He urged the country to take the next step in adopting the LT-LEDS and pledged the NDC Partnership’s cooperation in this regard.

Head Climate and Nature at the French Development Agency (AFD), Ms Mathide Bord-Laurans, congratulated Nigeria on launching the LT-LEDS. She said that AFD was delighted to have provided support to the Centre for Climate Change and Development, Alex Ekwueme Federal University under the Nigeria Deep Decarbonisation Project (DDP), which enabled the Centre to lead the creation of scenarios and the modelling work that went into the development of the LT-LEDS. She pledged that the Bank would stand firmly by Nigeria and support investments that are geared towards the implementation of the LT-LEDS.

Mr. Richard Baron, Executive Director of the 2050 Pathways Platform, expressed his joy at having assisted Nigeria in the design of the LT-LEDS and the precursor document, the Long-Term Vision (LTV 2050) which was also developed by Natural Eco Capital for Nigeria and submitted to the UNFCCC in 2021, served as the initial first step to the LT-LEDS.

He stated that the LT-LEDS was developed in collaboration with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, making it a truly national document of which Nigeria could be proud.

He expressed his delight that the modelling work for the LT-LEDS was done by Nigerian academics at the CCCD-AEFUNAI, led by Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, and praised the collaboration between the Nigeria Deep Decarbonisation Project, the 2050 Pathways, the National Council on Climate Change, and Natural Eco Capital, with Dr Eugene Itua as the National Coordinator, which resulted in the creation of a high-quality document.

In his closing remarks, the Director General of the NCCC, who had now arrived at the event in person, stated that while the launch of the LT-LEDS was a significant milestone, he would like to see all hands on deck to ensure that the document does not sit on the shelf but that the many projects identified in the documents are translated into practical investment. He stated that the two important next steps are the creation of an LT-LEDS Implementation Plan and the mobilisation of capital from domestic and internal sources to implement the LT-LEDS.

Miss Chioma Amudi, Desk Officer at the NCCC, noted that translating the LT-LEDS into investments would require finance, effective stakeholder engagement, and adequate institutions, among other key factors.

Terseer Ugbor, Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Environment of the Federal House of Representatives, pledged the support of the national parliament in implementing the LT-LEDS.

By Gboyega Olurufemi, Senior Climate Change Analyst and Fellow at the Centre for Climate Change and Development, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Nigeria

First published in environewsnigeria.com


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PHOTOS: SPP Leads Nigeria’s Sub-national Climate Action Campaign, Launches Comprehensive Report

By Emmanuel Ogodo
Communications Officer, SPP
The Society for Planet and Prosperity (SPP) has emerged a pivotal force in Nigeria’s climate action campaign with the release of the first ever report on Mapping of Climate Impact, Policy, and Action in 36 States of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). SPP in collaboration with the Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment, and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), launched the comprehensive report in Abuja on Friday, 17th November, 2023.

The Report Launch recorded the presence of stakeholders including the Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Isiaq Kunle Salako who lauded the report as being unique and timely. The report’s overarching goal is to meticulously evaluate climate change awareness at the grassroots state level, foster a deeper understanding and facilitate the development of peculiar policies crafted to address the unique climate risks faced by each region.

Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, the President of SPP and the driving force behind this landmark initiative, during the launch highlighted the paramount importance of state-level policies in the intricate battle against climate change, emphasizing a critical imbalance in the allocation of attention between federal and state-level initiatives.

According to Prof. Okereke, this strategic initiative stands as a linchpin in the broader context of achieving Nigeria’s net-zero emissions target and fulfilling the nation’s climate commitments.

Despite the existence of federal-level endeavour such as the National Climate Change Law, the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), and flagship projects like the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscape (ACReSAL), and the Great Green Wall (GGW), Prof. Okereke astutely pointed out the disproportionately limited attention given to state-level policies. He stressed the urgent need for an augmented implementation of climate actions at the sub-national echelon.

This call was echoed by Sam Onuigbo, Member of the Governing Board and Chairman, North-East Development Commission’s (NEDC) Committee on Security, Climate Change and Special Interventions. Onuigbo urged governors and local council chairpersons to conscientiously allocate substantial budgets for climate change, grounded in the insights derived from the newly conducted assessment.

Also present at the Launch was the Governor of Niger State, Mohammed Bago who was ably represented by Hon. Yakubu Muhammed Kolo, the Commissioner for Environment, Niger State, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Community Engagement (North Central), Abiodun Essiet, the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Sokoto State, Nura Shehu, Representatives of World Bank, UNDP, AfDB among other dignitaries.

This exhaustive mapping effort transcends its immediate goal of heightening public awareness. It unveils the intricacies of subnational climate programmes, meticulously spotlighting both their strengths and limitations. The SPP’s advocacy for a nuanced and region-specific approach to climate change governance underscores the imperative of tailoring strategies at the state level to effectively combat the multifaceted impacts of climate change in Nigeria. In essence, the SPP not only spearheads this initiative but also serves as a beacon, guiding the nation toward a more sustainable and resilient future.

The first ever report on Mapping of Climate Impact, Policy and Action across the subnational level of Nigeria was written by Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, the President of the Society for Planet and Prosperity, Wole Adegbule and Timothy Ogenyi who are Senior Policy Analysts (Climate Change) at the Society for Planet and Prosperity.

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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.

Climate Education At Charisade Secondary School

In July 2017, we engaged the Students and Staff of Chrisade Secondary School, Ilesha, Osun State. The project started with a reception given to us by the Founder of the College which allowed us to further express our concerns on Climate Change using visible illustrations.We spent quality time educating the students on Climate change and the roles trees could play in combating the evil, the entire school participated in the exercise.