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Minister speaks for President Tinubu at COP28

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By Okunloye Abiodun

Development challenges and climate change must be addressed together.

Nigeria commitment to the global fight against climate change remains steadfast, according to Balarabe Lawal, the Minister of Environment. During his address on behalf of President Bola Tinubu, Lawal emphasised that with a population exceeding 200 million, Nigeria encounters the dual challenge of development as well as climate change. According to his statement, failure awaits both issues if only one challenge is addressed, emphasising the need for Nigeria to receive significant investments in tackling both aspects. Additionally, he highlighted the importance of utilising gas as a transitional fuel alongside the promotion and development of renewable energy sources.

Also, he acknowledges the immense responsibility of overseeing a populous country. Recognising the necessity of addressing both advancements and environmental shifts, he asserts that neglecting either would lead to failure in both endeavours. Consequently, despite the uphill struggles, the nation remains committed to combat this shared threat actively. In line with the country’s goal of a gas-dominated era, their focus lies in transitioning away from oil, coal, and wood towards utilising environmentally friendly gas. They aim to secure substantial funding not only for this transition but also for the development of renewable energy sources.

More investments are needed in the country to ensure a successful future.

He emphasised the significance of attracting investments to secure a prosperous future for Nigeria. Drawing attention to the potential expansion of the green wall and the reinforcement of water and flood management efforts, he underscored the importance of these initiatives. Moreover, he predicted a substantial rise in agricultural output and a guarantee of food security. Illuminating NNPC Limited’s achievements, he showcased their pioneering role as Africa’s first national oil company to support the Global Oil Initiative.

Tapping into the boundless renewable energy sources within the nation holds promising prospects for achieving sustainable progress. It necessitates a resolute and fruitful partnership to unleash these valuable resources, which can bring benefits not only to the inhabitants but also to the entire planet. Elaborating further, the president emphasised that confining Nigerians, as well as other developing nations, solely to road transportation would be unjust; he insisted that any lasting resolution must be founded upon mutual fairness and collaboration.

Developed nations must take on larger responsibilities.

In addition, he stated that it is unfair to expect developing economies to shoulder an excessive portion of the responsibility, and for a sustainable climate change solution to be effective, it must not replicate the unequal distribution of wealth and influence that characterises the current global economic system. According to him, the affluent and influential cannot persist in their unrestricted actions while underprivileged nations bear the burden, as he believes it is the responsibility of those who gain the most from the existing system to contribute the greatest efforts towards rectifying the environmental damages we presently face.

The importance of fulfilling promises made by developing nations in terms of offering necessary technology and financial aid should be emphasised, as it is equally crucial for these nations to pledge their commitment towards transitioning to cleaner energy sources. Furthermore, there is a strong call for dedication to honoring publicly announced commitments, such as the implementation of a functional loss and damage fund and the establishment of a measurable worldwide objective for adaptation. By prioritising these actions, greater sustainable opportunities can be fostered.

Equality and fairness must be promoted within the international economy.

Lastly, to create a better world for all, he urged global leaders to rectify past injustices by promoting equality and fairness within the international economy. By doing so, not only can they potentially preserve the planet but also enhance it as a more harmonious home for every inhabitant. Tinubu’s responsibility was to present the national statement on December 2. In Expo City, Dubai, the president was physically present at the conference center; nevertheless, when it was time for other global leaders to deliver their statements, he was unable to do so.


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AN-Toni
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2 months ago

Minister speaks for President Tinubu at COP28. – Development challenges and climate change must be addressed together. – Express your point of view.

Taiwo
Member
2 months ago

At COP28, a minister represents President Tinubu. – Climate change and development issues must be addressed jointly. The purpose of the COP 28 was to discuss climate change-related issues. It is my hope that the boundaries will play a significant role in changing our societal perception of climate

Kazeem1
Member
2 months ago

Speaking at COP28 on President Tinubu’s behalf is a minister.The Minister said that climate change and development issues need to be addressed. Addressing these issues systematically is imperative for governments

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
2 months ago

Absolutely! It’s great to see that Minister speaking for President Tinubu at COP28 recognizes the importance of addressing development challenges and climate change together. The interconnection between these two issues is undeniable.
Development challenges, such as poverty, inequality, and lack of access to basic services, are intricately linked to climate change. Climate change exacerbates these challenges and can hinder sustainable development efforts. On the other hand, addressing climate change can provide opportunities for inclusive and resilient development.
By integrating climate action into development strategies, we can create a more sustainable and equitable future. This includes investing in renewable energy, promoting sustainable agriculture, improving infrastructure resilience, and implementing climate-smart policies.
It’s encouraging to see leaders like President Tinubu and the Minister recognizing the need for a holistic approach to address these pressing issues. By working together, we can achieve sustainable development while mitigating the impacts of climate change. Let’s continue to prioritize the well-being of both people and the planet! 🌍🌱🤝