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Key environmental changes in Nigeria 2022

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Floods caused over 600 people deaths and displaced 1.3 million from home.

Nigeria was hit by various environmental natural disasters in 2022, followed by several national policies enacted by the federal government, which has shaped the sector. Notably was the flood incidence that ravaged some parts of the country. Between September and October 2022, catastrophic floods caused the deaths of over 600 people and displaced 1.3 million from their homes across the country. Torrential rains, clear evidence of climate change, and poor town planning rendered some parts of the country more vulnerable to flooding. Lokoja, Makurdi, Yola, and Yenagoa are the capital towns most hit by the ravaging floods.

The floods also damaged around 200,000 houses, while 266,000 acres of cropland were entirely or partly swept away. While the flooding has affected many such as the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) currently experiencing acute hunger and property damage, the humanitarian crisis in the nation continues to deteriorate. In addition, the natural catastrophe of the landslide affected the indigenous people of Ogwuma Edda in Afikpo South Local Government, Ebonyi State, on the 1st of July, 2022. Some homes were destroyed, and 15 people were buried as a large chunk of soil fell in a community. The accident also reportedly displaced 38 households.

ETP depicts steps towards emission-free energy 2060 goal.

LFurthermore, Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, announced the Nigeria Energy Transition Plan (ETP) launch on the 24th of August, 2022, after the country’s contribution at the 2021 United Nations climate change conference (COP26) held in Glasgow, 2021. The ETP is the country’s concrete step toward its 2060 goal of completely emission-free energy infrastructure. Despite widespread support for the program, some observers worry that previous attempts to make renewable energy the norm in the nation have failed. Another potential roadblock to the ETP’s smooth execution is the massive financial commitment required to support the program, estimated to be over $1.9 trillion US dollars up to 2060.

On the 25th of July, 2022, Dr Salisu Mohammed Dahiru was appointed the first Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change by President Muhammadu Buhari. This appointment followed the 2021 passage of a bill addressing climate change. Actions and initiatives to address climate change will be carried out within the context of the law established by the Climate Change Act. The President has set a target for Nigeria to reach net zero emissions by 2060, in keeping with the aims of the Paris Agreement on climate change, as part of his climate change strategy.

Nigeria moves towards developing a carbon market framework.

In light of this, the President has charged Dahiru with the responsibility of spearheading the implementation of Nigeria’s climate change agenda and the National Climate Change Action Plan. This includes developing a carbon market framework and a national adaptation plan consistent with the objectives outlined in Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). In addition, the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change, which took place in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, from the 6th of November to the 18th, 2022, was a ray of hope for the most vulnerable people affected by climate change in the face of recent catastrophic weather disasters in Africa.

Over 30,000 government officials, representatives of states, non-governmental organizations, commercial sector groups, journalists, Indigenous people, and public members gathered at the COP27 event to debate the future climate initiatives. But most crucially, the COP27 event concluded with a historic commitment to give loss and damage compensation for vulnerable nations battered by floods, droughts, and other climate catastrophes. It was heralded as a historic occasion, but kinks need to be worked out in the next year.

Decisions made at COP27 were implementation-oriented.

Bold measures were taken to execute the agreements made at the previous COPs, however, as activities regarding the climate catastrophe are increasingly worthwhile and imperative. Most of the decisions made at COP27 were implementation-oriented, focusing on strengthening action by countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the apparent impacts of climate change and increasing support for finance, technology, and capacity building needed by developing countries. Just as UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell urged for aligning “every corner of human activity” with the 1.5°C targets, adding, “Paris gave us the agreement, Katowice and Glasgow gave us the plan, Sharm el-Sheikh moves us to implementation.”


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1 year ago

Key environmental changes in Nigeria 2022 – Floods caused over 600 people deaths and displaced 1.3 million from home. – Express your point of view.

Abusi
Abusi
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1 year ago

The most profound and obvious environmental change this year in Nigeria is the flood. It displaced a lot of people from their natural home and some lost lives and properties.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
1 year ago

The blood disaster cause so much in Nigeria. We have look for a way to prevent the flood. Government need to build a big blockage to control and reduce the water force.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
1 year ago

We have look for a way to prevent the flood. Government need to build a big blockage to control and reduce the water force.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
1 year ago

2022 was so eventful with the climate issue and flood crisis in the country. I hope next year holds more fortunate event for us as we progress.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

We need to find a way to prevent the flood tragic. The flood really cause us a lot destroyed many thing our environment need to be taken care fir us to stop flood tragic from repeating again

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
1 year ago

Different environmental disasters struck Nigeria this year, and the federal government responded with a series of rules that have influenced the industry ever since.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
1 year ago

It is unfortunate that some areas of the country were affected by the floods that occurred recently, since they were severely damaged.

theApr
theApr
Member
1 year ago

The enormous financial investment necessary to support the program—estimated to be over $1.9 trillion US dollars up to 2060—could also pose a barrier to the ETP’s successful implementation.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
1 year ago

The effect of flood in Nigeria this year can not be quantified.It really affect every human endeavour which causes many death and many people loses their valuables.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
1 year ago

Although the flooding has affected many people, such as internally displaced persons who are currently suffering from acute hunger and property loss as a result of the flooding.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
1 year ago

As a massive chunk of soil crashed down on a neighborhood, it buried many people and caused damage to a number of homes. According to reports, the catastrophe also resulted in the relocation of some families.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

The ETP is the country’s tangible step toward achieving its objective of having an energy infrastructure that is fully free of emissions in some years time

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

But because efforts to solve the climate crisis are becoming more and more important and worthwhile, brave steps have been taken to carry out the agreements made at the previous COPs.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 year ago

The flood in Nigeria this year was the most dramatic and noticeable environmental change, and it forced many people to leave their homes and possessions were destroyed.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
1 year ago

However, since the climate calamity is becoming more and more important, bold actions were taken to carry out the agreements established at the previous COPs.

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

Due to climatic situation as a result of green house effect, we experience so many flood in year 2022 that claim 600 lives. Our government need to work to make free energy emission facilities available on time.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
1 year ago

We need to embrace the proposed free energy resources because our activities on the use of carbon emissions resources has led to green house effect which is affecting climatic condition of the globe. This has resulted to flooding that claimed 600 souls.