Climate Change Bill: Senate gives nod to legislation

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The Climate Change Bill was on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, given concurrence by the Nigerian Senate. It will now be transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent into law.

The Nigerian Senate
The Nigerian Senate

The bill seeks to provide legal backing to Nigeria’s efforts to mainstream climate change actions into the country’s sustainable development plans.

Senate Leader and Senator Representing Kebbi North, Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi, said on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday while making the argument for the expeditious passage of the bill by the Senate, that President Buhari needed to assent to the bill as quickly as possible, given COP26 which the President will be a part of.

“Nigeria participating in COP26 with a Climate Change Act will be the country’s loudest statement of ambition. I hope that assent will follow as soon as possible,” said Samuel Onuigbo, a member of the House of Representatives, who sponsored the bill.

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Onuigbo said: “As legislators, we must complement the efforts of the executive through oversight, or by making laws that will help realize the goals and visions of the government. This was what gave birth to the Climate Change Bill which I sponsored.

“Thankfully, through the combined efforts of the legislature and the executive, the bill was reviewed and on July 8, 2021, it was passed by the House of Representatives. Immediately afterwards, it went through First Reading at the Senate on July 14, 2021.

“I must express my deep appreciation to the President of the Senate, His Excellency Senator Ahmed Lawan CON, the Speaker of the House of Representatives; His Excellency Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-age; the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Idris Wase; the Honourable Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Honourable Abubakar Malami SAN, and the Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, for the leadership they have exercised in this journey.

I extend my sincere gratitude to my colleagues in the House for their support. I would also like to acknowledge the contributions of my colleagues who are members of GLOBE Nigeria and Climate Parliament Nigeria and to commend them especially for the unrelenting support and commitment they have shown.

“My appreciation also goes to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Clerks of the Senate and the House of Representatives for their sense of awareness of the importance of this bill, and consequently giving it the attention it required. “Members of the media, the international community especially the British High Commission, the US Embassy, Climate Parliament, GLOBE International, my team, technical experts, young Nigerian climate activists, also deserve commendation for their relentless efforts to ensure that this important piece of legislation is passed and assented to. The journey to save our planet is not yet over.”

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