The National Assembly has assured Nigerians that it will pass the bill which seeks to provide legislative framework to check the devastating effects of climate change in the country.
Hon. Sam Onuigbo (PDP-Abia) and Chairman, House Committee on Climate Change, gave the assurance in Abuja at the official unveiling of a new initiative, Globe Nigeria.
Our correspondent reports that the initiative is the brain child of Climate Change committees of both chambers of the National Assembly.
Globe Nigeria is the Nigerian chapter of the global legislators’ organisation (Global International), an international organisation comprising parliamentarians from over 80 countries.
Members of the organisation are committed to developing and overseeing the implementation of laws in pursuit of sustainable development.
Onuigbo said the bill would ensure that government policies, plans, programmes and projects were formulated on sound environmental and climate considerations.
He said that the objective of Globe Nigeria was to create institutional framework to foster coordination and collaboration among government ministries, departments and agencies on tackling climate issues.
He said, “Globe Nigeria has recognised the vulnerability of Nigeria’s economy and its local communities, particularly, the poor, women and children to the dangerous consequences of climate change.
“When this bill is signed into law, it will enable Nigeria meet international climate obligations among other things.’’
The chairman said the bill had passed first reading in the House of Representatives.