President Buhari in Morocco, to address COP22 opening plenary

Ugo Okoro

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived to a warm welcome in Morocco, where he will deliver Nigeria’s Statement at the Opening Plenary of the High Level Segment on Tuesday.

The Presidential address is expected to highlight, among other key issues, Nigeria’s unwavering commitment to implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and policy actions aimed at tackling climate change through environmental sustainable efforts”, he said.

The Nigerian leader is also to drum up support for the Niger delta region which needs clean up from oil pollution while also canvassing for development.

“President Buhari will also use the occasion of his speech”, Femi stated, “ to rally international support for the clean-up of Ogoniland in the Niger Delta and the resuscitation of the Lake Chad Basin.”

 While in Marrakech, the President is scheduled to attend the Africa Day Commemoration at COP 22 with the theme, “Moving from Commitments to Action with Intended Nationally Determined Contributions and African Renewable Energy Initiative.”

He will also attend the Summit of African Heads of State on the sidelines of the Climate Change conference.

COP 22, which will be attended by representatives from 197 countries including world leaders, environment ministers, government officials as well as a wide range of representatives from civil society and the private sector, is the first meeting of State Parties since the entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement on November 4, 2016.

The legally binding international agreement on climate change, among others, addresses issues of global warming, including its impact on food security and agriculture.

 President Buhari signed the Paris Agreement on September 22, 2016 at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Buoyed by that commitment, the Nigerian delegation is optimistic that COP22 will provide a platform to promote and enhance delivery of the purpose-driven environmental sustainable agenda of the Federal Government.