Climate change bill passes 2nd reading in Nigerian Senate

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

The Nigerian senate has advocated for policies and programmes to address dangers associated with climate change in the country.

This is contained in a bill for an act to provide for measures to address climate change and ensure sustainable future for Nigeria.

The bill which passed second reading during Tuesday’s plenary session was sponsored by Senator Isah Missau, according to senator Missau who led the debate on the floor, the bill seeks to promote use of renewable sources of energy as well as promotion of business and understanding about issues associated with climate change.

“Greenhouse is a global emergency that requires global attention. And there are three key things in that bill: target reduction of greenhouse, having an administrative policy of monitoring greenhouse issues and the need to fully observe the Kyoto Convention.

 “What we need to take very seriously is the need to utilise the opportunity of renewable energy. No matter what we say here and what we do, the point is that we must take the issue of renewable energy very seriously. This is an opportunity for Nigeria to reconsider its own area of interest in terms of investing on nuclear energy. So, I believe that this bill will be of use but what I observed is that it is not robust enough. We must set a target to end greenhouse emission,” he explained.

In a remark, the Senate President Bukola Saraki noted that the bill was long overdue.

 “A lot of countries have done a lot to domesticate some of the agreements that governments entered into but locally they are not domesticated. This law will go a long way, particularly with the COP 21 that just finished in Paris last year where Nigeria made a lot of commitment but some of these are not backed by any law. This is timely, and am happy that the bill has come now and will go a long way in helping us to play our role in the global world in addressing climate change,” he emphasized.

Senator Saraki thereafter referred the bill to the committee on environment, ecology and climate change, and ordered them to report to the senate in four weeks.

In another development, the senate also passed for second reading a bill for an Act to make provisions for freedom from hunger, and the right to adequate food of acceptance quality. The bill was first read on the floor of the senate on Thursday October 8, 2015.

In his lead debate, sponsor of the bill, Senator Theodore Orji explained that it seeks to provide for every child, the right to basic nutrition and qualitative feeding all over Nigeria.

Also contributing to the debate, Senator Jona Jang advocated for policy that would invigorate development in agriculture to solve the problem of hunger.

Senator Ishak Adeleke who also contributed to the debate, attributed the problem of hunger and poverty in the country to improper supervision of policies that were initiated to boost agriculture.

President of the Senate Bukola Saraki while referring the bill to the committee on agriculture and national development stressed the need for government to rise up to the challenge of ensuring food security in the country.

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