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Nigeria seeks action on Paris Climate Change Agreement

The Nigerian government is pushing for the operationalisation of the Climate Change Agreement adopted in Paris last year.The nation’s Minster of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, told reporters that Nigeria would be pushing for the implementation of the agreement at an ongoing conference in Morocco.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Friday, Mrs Mohammed explained that the government was also negotiating how to access funds that would help boost infrastructure like power, which supports greening.

“You will see that going to COP is split into two. There is the negotiating part where we now have to turn those agreements into specific actions.

“Some of those actions will continue over the next two years and many of them is about concretising the NDCs, about having a rule book that tells us how we are going to play this out.

“We are working with different ministries and I think this is a big challenge to collaborate with other sectors to change the way we do things.

“This is not about the ministry of environment getting money to implement projects that don’t belong to its mandate. It’s about us facilitating the sectors in a way that will bring to them resources with which they can execute their mandate and we can take credit that Nigeria’s greening,” she said.

The Minister said that the government would find pathways for the Ministry of Power to look at its transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

“We can bring money in for renewables and achieve low carbon emissions but succeed with their mandate. That is good for Nigeria,” she added.

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