The Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril has reiterated government continued commitment to the reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions in Nigeria.
The Minister gave this commitment at a workshop for "Climate Change Knowledge Immersion" held recently in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The workshop which is the first in the series of its kind is being organized by the World Bank in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment.
Ibrahim Jibril noted that the world's temperature has continued to heat up especially over the past two centuries due to the abuse of natural resources by humans and warned that the earth will be the worst for it if urgent steps are not put in place to check impending doom.
"It is consequent to this realization that countries around the world including Nigeria decided to take action, through several formal initiatives, as far back as 1972 leading to COP 21 in Paris and subsequently the historic Paris Agreement in December 2015"
"With Nigeria signing the Paris Agreement last year, the Agreement has already come to force having reached the threshold of the required number of countries needed to bring it into force". The Paris Agreement has fixed a clear path to hold the world within safe temperature limits and unseal the means to respond bravely to Climate challenge now and ever, he added.
According to him, the Federal Government has its Intended Nation Contributions (INDCs) of a conditional commitment by 45% and an unconditional commitment to further reduce Greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2030.
The Minister stated that the government of Nigeria is determined to implement the National Determined Contributions (NDCs) sector road-maps, which are targeted at reducing average global emissions to two Degree Celsius.
Ibrahim Jibril explained that it has become imperative for the Federal Government to combat the effects of Climate Change in order to achieve its goal of accelerated economic transformation that will lead to sustainable development.
This he said can only be achievable if all hands were on deck. He therefore called on all levels of government, corporate and private sector, the Civil Society groups as well as all well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with the Federal Government in its quest to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions and promote adaptation to Climate Change.
The Minister affirmed that government was not going back on its commitment and hence her resolve to put in place an appropriate institutional framework that will not only mainstream climate change into its development priorities but also encourage the implementation of mitigation and adaptation initiatives at all levels of governance for sustainable development.
He revealed that a draft Guidance Note on Climate Change for states has been developed to help in building capacity for effective State-level response to climate change.
He also said that the federal government is set to launch an innovative and alternative funding instrument known as 'the Green Bonds' in March this year. When operational the instrument will facilitate quick access to international funding for climate-friendly projects for priority sectors of the NDCs.