Minister urges advanced countries to keep promise on climate funding



Dr. Abubakar Mahmood, the Minister of Environment, has urged advanced countries to fulfil their commitment on climate funding to African countries.

A statement signed by Mr. Saghir el-Mohammed, the Ministry;’s Director of Press, indicated that the minister made the call at the ongoing COP 25 in Madrid, Spain being  organised by Islamic Development  Bank on Climate Finance.

He observed that developed countries were the major pollutants of the climate, urging them to fulfil their promises of providing more climate funds to developing nations.

“I share the sentiments of other African countries of not getting enough climate funds,” he said.

Mahmood expressed optimism that Nigerian delegates to COP 25 would negotiate to get as much climate funds as possible.

He said at the same time Nigeria would be innovative to generate its own green funds.

“We will do whatever it takes in our own capacity to see that we acquire as much as we can while at the same time be as innovative as we can to generate our own green fund internally,” Mahmood said.

He added that climate financing required cooperation of many countries for global survival.

He stated that the Nigerian government had not relented in its effort toward Nigeria’s Nationally Determine Contributions (NDC) to tackle climate change as a lot had been done.