FG committed to NDC on climate change implementation – Official

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The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) recently held a two-day roundtable workshop in Keffi on climate change to assist the federal government and citizens to enhance the economy.

Speaking at the third in the series for the north-central region in Keffi, the acting director, Department of Climate Change (DCC), Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Halima Bawa-Bwari, said  the workshop was aimed at communicating government’s efforts in the implementation of the NDC with particular emphasis on increasing the role of the private sector in the current revision, design and implementation of the 2015 NDC.

 “It is further aimed at developing a common understanding of the status of Nigeria’s NDC implementation, strategies in and support received since the ratification of the Paris Agreement.  It will be very useful that we take adequate steps to communicate these government’s steps to the private sector across all regions of the country and also seek the active participation of private sectors in its actualisation,” she said.

 The DCC boss stated further that the NDC and its targets were aimed at ensuring sufficient climate resilience was built across critical sectors while the country continues to pursue its economic growth at a low carbon pathway.

 “In the spirit of ensuring whole-of-society approach, inclusiveness and leaving no-one-behind, the Federal Ministry of Environment will continue to encourage organisations and citizens to fully understand and  play  their respective roles in responding to climate change by choosing emissions reduction actions within their operations by adopting efficient ways of doing things, lowering their carbon footprints through the use of greener products and services.

“Governments on its part will support informed greenhouse gas management decisions by providing information directly to the public and/or by creating or supporting organisations that help the public and private sectors reach emission reduction targets.

 “I want to assure you that the government is committed to domesticating the elements of this global agreement and the NDCs targets into its national developmental programmes and plans including the post-COVID recovery plan,” she added.

Earlier, the national coordinator of the Nigeria UNDP NDC Support Programme, Mr. Huzi Mshelia, said the predominant business activities in the zone include mining and agriculture, pointing out that they are high energy intensity and high greenhouse gas emitting sources.

 He added that the NDC industry targets should take note of this vast and special interest to accordingly reflect in the revision process.

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