Nigeria’s minister of environment Mohammed Abdullahi, on Monday, June 13 took to his Twitter handle to announce that plans were underway by the federal government to establish the climate change council.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari signed the climate change bill into law which set the stage for the establishment of a climate change council in November 2021. However, six months after the president’s assent, the council is yet to be set up.
The delay has been prompting questions regarding what could be causing the delay, especially given that the next climate change conference is in a few months.
In its reaction to the delay, Lift Humanity Foundation (LHF), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), had tweeted about its intended campaign titled ‘Know Your Nigeria Climate Change Act Campaign’.
The campaign, which aims at promoting awareness of the climate change act, is supported by other civil society organisations (CSOs), including Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Ecocycle and Global Initiative for Food and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP).
In his reaction, Abdullahi said that “nothing has changed” as the federal government is working on the administrative and legal requirements to set up the council.
“Nothing has changed. The #climateChangeAct is on course for implementation. @NigeriaGov is working from the background and addressing administrative & legal prerequisites for the take-off of the Council. Be rest assured that [Nigeria] is on course in that direction,” he tweeted.
Story was adapted from the cable.