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A policy
on climate change for Nigeria is timely and perhaps needs to be re-echoed again especially when the leadership position of Nigeria in Africa is following it in an agrarian manner, experts have said.
This conclusion was reached at a crucial workshop on its  re-evaluation and
on-going discussion of the outcome of a draft policy document   that reviewed the draft National Climate Change Policy document by experts and stakeholders, which took place in Lagos
last week.



These specific objectives of stakeholders
re-evaluation workshop was organized by Environmental Safety and Awareness
initiatives (ESAI), An NGO as mediating partners with the Federal Ministry of Environment essentially on climate change in other for quick implementation on its past review which adopted a draft Copy on National climate change policy documents.
“Nigeria
has many policies that are relevant to climate change such as National
Environment Policy Enacted in 1989 and revised in 1999. However, towards the
implementation of a National Policy, specific plans which have bearings to
climate change policy has been elaborated.
They include drought and desertification,
national policy on drought and desertification drought preparedness plan,
erosion, flood control and coastal zone management, national sanitation policy,
forestry draft national forest policy and biodiversity protection, national
biodiversity, strategy and Action plan,
Experts also believe there are several
other policies and plan mostly sectoral in the areas of energy, Agriculture,
land use, industry, water resources, health, transportation, urban
Development, among others whose provisions impinge directly on the resolution
of issues and problems on climate change and which therefore must be viewed as
companion policy implementation plans to the National Climate Change Policy.
 The Re-evaluation workshop was part of a call to
present the zero draft policy documents to experts and stakeholders; to review
and revalidate the draft policy document to make it more holistic,
sustainable and all-encompassing; and to finalize deliberations on the draft policy document for climate change for Nigeria.
 The experts thus recommended that necessary
step  must be taken for the integration of suggestion made at the workshop to produce
a  sustained draft policy document which should be presented expeditiously to
the federal executive council for adoption and immediate implementation’’ 

They
argued that there  is the need to also
explore the various means available  for financing climate change
adaptation and mitigation strategies  as well as set targets  that are imperatives for a successful
implementation of policy document; 
through capacity building on climate
change  in other to combat  hunger, poverty that should be taken adequately, with the understanding of  capturing  it in its  policy document; climate change remains  a cross
cutting  issue, therefore, there is a need for  harmonization of already existing and
disparate sectoral policies affecting issues of climate change  to give
greater, more  effective and sustainable focus to the draft policy
document on climate change’’
“The workshop acknowledged the commendable
efforts in producing the draft policy on climate change with expectations that
the observation made at this workshop will be imputed into the final outcome”.
Minister
environment, Mallam Ibrahim Usman Jibril, who was ably represented said, the federal government has taken the challenge of climate change seriously because
of its potential impacts on the green environment and the socio-economic
development efforts.
He said the president  Buhari while sharing  concerns expressed by
the UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the just concluded United
Nation General Assembly; said  the world
is on the verge of climate catastrophe, President Buhari stated that
“undeniably, climate change is a human-induced phenomenon.”
Jibril said the president has
reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to its obligation under the Paris Agreement in the
way it is enshrined in our nationally Determined contribution and ensure a
resilient future that mainstream climate risk in its decision making
 “Deforestation and land degradation, fresh
water shortage, food security, air and water pollution are  ‘’the threat to these resources  which call for concerted efforts on the part
of stakeholders to make the issues of climate change, a priority in the development
planning and implementation”.
 Climate change will affect every one’’. He
said those already affected by poverty, malnutrition and disease could face
displacement and new hardship. All sectors of socio-economic development are
vulnerable to climate change. Agriculture and, food security, water resources,
public sector and habitat sector are worst hit.
 “Notwithstanding the status of our country,
like other developing countries, under the current global climate change
negotiation, we must begin to take steps to adapt to the expected impact of
climate change.



According to him, there is a policy that can address
desertification control, forest and ecosystem adaptation, policy options for
water resources, agriculture and even the coastal and marine environment that
is vulnerable to sea rise.
“Government  recognize the need to put in place a comprehensive strategy that will
enable these policies to  translate into meaningful inter-sectoral
activities for sustainable environmental management with such an approach ‘’
with such an approach, most of these policies will become an adaptation option for
Nigeria’s response to climate change”.
‘’it is
in this regard, our ministry has commenced with  efforts at addressing climate change in
a responsive and strategic manner guided by national developments principle, which includes poverty alleviation, access to basic amenities, job
creation, rural development, human resources and improved health,
leading to sustainable economic growth and development’’

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