The Director General, National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), Dr. Salisu Dahiru, has said the Federal Government’s commitment towards green energy is never in doubt, insisting that plans are already in place to ensure low greenhouse emissions in the future and cement a sustainable development path for the country.
Dahiru gave the assurance on Tuesday at the National Workshop to Validate Nigeria’s Low-term Emission Development Strategy in Abuja.
He said it was the beginning of a historic journey toward a brighter, sustainable future for our Nigeria.
The workshop was organised in collaboration with 2050 Pathways Platform, a multi-stakeholder platform launched at COP 22 by High-Level Climate Champions Laurence Tubiana and Hakima El Haite to support countries seeking to develop long-term, net zero-GHG, climate-resilient and sustainable-development pathways.
Dahiru said the document, which had validity to 2060, would be a supporting tool for the revised 2021 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as Nigeria is committed to unconditionally reducing reducing emissions by 20% by 2030, with a conditional increase to 47%.
The Director General said: “This journey won’t be devoid of challenges, yet let us be resolute: the path to a sustainable future is the path to progress. It signifies cleaner air, enhanced health, inclusivity, food security, green job creation, and improved livelihoods for all Nigerians. It is the route to becoming a global leader in sustainable development.
“I am pleased that Nigeria has developed it Low Term – Low Emission Strategy Today is remarkable as this National Validation workshop aims to serve as an invaluable platform to present updates on the progress achieved and underway in our nation global commitments toward curbing Greenhouse gas emissions within the UNFCCC process.”
He added that even on the global stage, it has become urgent to combat climate change as such, Nigeria would embrace the challenge and take responsibility to act, innovate, and lead.
He noted that: “Nigeria’s Long-Term Low-Emission Development Strategy 2060 stands as a visionary blueprint, a testament to our commitment to transition into a more resilient, green, and inclusive economy. This strategy embodies our pledge to preserve our environment, protect our people, and ensure economic prosperity for generations to come.
“Within its details lie ambitious targets, innovative solutions, and a collaborative spirit that forms the foundation of our journey. This isn’t merely a document; it’s our shared vision, encapsulating the aspirations of our youth, the wisdom of our elders, and the dreams of future generations.”
Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Climate Change, Hon. Chris Nkwonta, said Nigeria’s commitment towards moving to a Net Zero Emissions Economy in 2050 – 2060 was clearly a proactive and commendable response to valid studies that have shown that climate impacts were becoming more devastating and there was need to reduce carbon emissions to to the bearest minimum.
Represented by Dr. Chidi Nwankpa, the House Committee Chairman said, “It is pertinent, therefore, to note that studies have shown that without reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the planet will continue to be harmed, public safety will perpetually be at risk and more climate disasters as a result of the effects of environmental pollution will continue to occur.”
He called for collaboration, commitment as well as determination from all stakeholders in order to ensure a healthier and sustainable environment for human existence.