National Assembly urged to expedite passage of Climate Change bill
The National Council on Environment has tasked the National Assembly to speed up the passage of the Climate Change bill which they acknowledged has already passed second reading on the floor of the House. The Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor while addressing the Council at a meeting on Monday, said the passage of the bill has become expedient as a legal instrument is now more than ever needed to address the myriads of Climate Change issues in the country. The Council on Environment is meeting to strategise on the global realities as it concerns the environment especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant challenges. The council is expected to find lasting solutions to environmental challenges confronting Nigeria, including issues on biodiversity loss and Climate Change. As a sector, the need for us to deliberate on the increasing concerns to generate actionable policy frameworks and measures to guide our actions towards addressing emerging concerns is uppermost'' Ikeazor said. Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment, Senator, Micheal Nnachi requested the ministry to involve Non-Governmental Organizations in its activities as most of them are grassroots oriented and require mobilization and enlightenment. He said the Senate was making efforts to boost the funding power of the ministry to ensure it delivers on its mandate. The Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu, however, appealed to the council to push for the ratification of the National Framework for the Application of Climate Service (NFACS), as this will ensure seamless access to climate service information for the benefit of all.