Samuel Onuigbo
The United Kingdom (UK) PACT Team, yesterday, opened discussions with the chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Climate Change (GLOBE Nigeria), Sam Onuigbo, on implementation of the Climate Change Act 2021.
The team also exchanged views on Nigeria’s COP27 priorities, Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and opportunities in the country.
Receiving the delegation, led by Sean Melbourne, in his office at the National Assembly, Onuigbo, who sponsored the Climate Change Bill, said, if religiously implemented to the letter, the Act will address Nigeria’s climate change challenges and boost transition to a clean and sustainable economy.
In his remarks, Melbourne stressed the need for urgent action, saying climate can no longer wait for anyone.
“The UK government is intent on working with stakeholders to ensure Nigeria’s climate action efforts go on unimpeded,” he said, pointing out that mainstreaming of climate change action into national policy is critical.
Earlier in his speech, Joe Tyrrell, UK-PACT Lead, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) London, provided a brief on the origin of UK-PACT, even as he declared its commitment to partnering countries like Nigeria.
He said the organisation would offer assistance by providing funding to address challenges identified by Nigerian stakeholders.
The UK-PACT programme also provides trainings and technical support through its Skills Share programme.
Nigeria had received worldwide acclaim when, on November 17, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the Climate Change Bill.
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