LWG validates final Climate Change bill

Group photograph of participants at the Climate Change Legal Working Group workshop to develop appropriate legal framework for Nigerians Climate Change bill in Abuja recently.

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken 

The Legal Working Group has met to develop an appropriate legal framework to address lapses in the Climate Change bill 2018

The Climate Change bill 2018 was rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Legal advisers, representatives of Government ministries, department and agencies, non governmental organisations attended the workshop under the NDC Partnership- Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) in Abuja.

The objective of the workshop is to present the finalized work of the Legal Working Group (LWG) on the Climate Change Bill (CCB) to the Ministry of Environment through the Department of Climate Change (DCC) and the approved workplan for the LWG ahead of the Conference of Parties (COP26) scheduled to hold in November, 2021.

The regulatory framework is expected to drive Nigerians Climate Change policy.

According to Chairman, Environmental Resource Center (ERC), Chief Newton Jibunoh, the meeting is part of support system to arrive at protocols that would bring about a better and sustainable environment.

Mr. Huzi Mshelia, the National Coordinator for NDC Support Programme, threw his support behind the meeting. He said the presence of representatives of government MDAs will bring in their buy-in to enable it’s easy assent by President Buhari this time around.

The bill is expected to guide the process towards achieving zero emissions in the year 2030.

The country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) made under the Paris Agreement embodies the country’s efforts to reduce national emissions and to adapt to the effects of climate change. 

If fully implemented, these efforts will pave way for a low carbon economy and result in about 50 percent reduction in emissions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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