Nigeria restates commitment to Paris accord on climate change

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

The Nigerian Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says the country fully supports the Paris agreement on Climate Change reached at the end of COP21 meeting that was held in France in December and will join in the signing of the global pact in due course.

Speaking at the Presidential Villa during a courtesy visit by the French Minister for Environment, Power and Marine, Mrs. Segolene Royal, who presided over the COP21 meeting in Paris, the Vice President disclosed that working together with the legislative arm of the Nigerian government, the country will play its part in signing the agreement and ensuring its ratification.

“COP21 outcome is important for everyone; it is the largest landmark agreement on climate change. Nigeria is pleased with the the Paris Agreement,” he said.

Lake Chad Resuscitation
Professor Osinbajo, who highlighted the need for the rehabilitation of the Lake Chad, which is being threatened by climate change, further said the Lake is also important from the point of view of security and economic factors.

He thanked the French Minister for making a stop in Nigeria as she tours countries in the continent, expressing the hope that Nigeria and France would continue to expand diplomatic and economic relationships.

“We need your country’s full support, especially now that the Nigerian government is confronting corruption and a number of economic issues including diversification and development of infrastructure,” Professor Osinbanjo told his guest.

The Vice President, who was joined at the meeting by Nigeria’s Environment Minister, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, commended the effort of Ms. Royal in her role as COP21 President and pledged Nigeria’s continued support.

Earlier Ms. Royal told the Vice President that she is visiting Nigeria and a number of other African countries to ensure that the Paris Agreement is established through the signing and ratification process and also beyond, to encourage the signatories take concrete actions in line with the agreement after the signing.

She noted the support of the international community on the preservation and rehabilitation of Lake Chad and announced that the Paris Agreement would be signed April 22 at the United Nations.