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FG & UAE to partner against climate change

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By Mercy Kelani

This will aid the reduction of humanitarian crises; poverty eradication by 2030.

Recently, the United Arab Emirates showed its willingness to provide support for the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria. This will be done through contribution to all efforts that will bring about a reduction of humanitarian crises and eradication of poverty by 2030 in Nigeria. This alliance was disclosed by the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Salem Saeed Al-Shamsi, as he welcomed in his office the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Beta Edu.

According to the Envoy, the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria has a strong commitment to Nigeria because he is the representative for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Nigeria. He likewise said that Nigerian citizens are the nicest people he has ever met. As a result, he made a promise to relay to the necessary authorities the request to provide support for the Nigerian federal government initiative to combat poverty, hunger, and issues of humanitarian concern.

Nigeria and the UAE have a bilateral cooperation.

Promising to convey the request, he gave Nigeria an assurance that the collaboration between both countries will be successful. Also, Salem Saeed Al-Shamsi invited Minister Betta Edu to attend the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Cop 28, which will be hosted by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He asserted that the meeting is capable of uniting leaders across the globe that have a commitment to combating issues that concern climate change, globally.

Al-Shamsi emphasized that the upcoming UN event, through committed global leaders, will tackle climate change challenges, which has caused exposure to poverty and several humanitarian crises. The minister, in her statement, said that her visit to the Ambassador was to get a feedback on the discussion that took place at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting, with the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was stated that Nigeria and the UAE have a bilateral cooperation.

Floods are drying up of the Lake Chad Basin due to climate change.

She asserted that this bilateral cooperation has made both countries to realize their aspects of common comparative benefits. The minister stated that one of the factors behind poverty and humanitarian crises in Nigeria is climate change. Floods are drying up of the Lake Chad Basin as other natural disasters related to climate change spring up. Due to these happenings, there have been displacements of many Nigerians as they no longer have a means of a good livelihood, causing poverty and humanitarian crises.

The minister assured the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria that she would be among the team led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for attendance of the Cop 28. This event will mark the 28th edition of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. In Nigeria, climate change is one of the factors behind multi-dimensional poverty and humanitarian crises. This is apparent in temperature increases, droughts, rising sea levels, floods, bushfires, land degradation, and more frequent, extreme weather conditions.

Harmful effects of climate change affect Nigerians in a negative way.

Dr. Betta Edu, Nigerian Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, further stressed that the harmful effects of climate change include rainfall variability, desertification, erosion, thunderstorms, landslides, loss of biodiversity, and the drying up of the Lake Chad Basin. According to the minister, all the aforementioned factors have not ceased to affect the Nigerian population in a negative way. However, the Nigerian President is keen on tackling the issue, and requests the support of the UAE for successful eradication.

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