Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have said that Nigeria is placed in the forefront of leading efforts in Africa to mitigate effect of climate change.
Mr. Isreal Orekha of CAEYDI and Mr. Stephen Abuh of Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet) made this known in a join statement on Wednesday. It was during the maiden edition of Edo Climate Summit under the auspices of Connected Advocacy for Empowerment and Youth Development Initiative (CAEYDI) to mark the World Environment.
The summit was co-hosted by the Edo State Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet) and Pan African Climate Justice (PACJA).
They said the summit being held in commemoration of the United Nations World Environment Day had as its theme: “The Role of State and Non-State Actors in Co-creating Strategic Reforms for Mitigating Climate Change”.
According to Mr. Israel Orekha, the Executive Director of CAEYDI, if states and non-state actors collaborate by putting together realistic strategies to address climate change and other environmental issues, the impacts of climate change can be addressed.
“We are very hopeful that Nigeria will enjoy a new dawn, especially with the recent rectification of the Paris Agreement in which President Mohammadu Buhari made a commitment for Nigeria to reduce GHG emission by 20 per cent and conditionally 45 per cent by 2020.
This has placed Nigeria once again in the forefront of leading efforts in Africa,” Orekha said.
He said that Edo, like other States in the Niger Delta is currently threatened by climate change with growing evidence leading to extreme temperatures that result in excessive heat, decline in annual rainfall, and floods.
Stephen Abuh of CSDevNet said that the summit aspired to also develop clear action points to determine individual sector contributions to greenhouse emission reduction.