Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
SHARON Ikeazor, the Minister of State for Environment on Tuesday assured that Nigeria is still on the right track towards realising the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Aside, she disclosed that Nigeria is working towards ending coal exploration in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD).
“Nigeria is offering a lot to the climate summit because we have worked out our NDCs,” says Ikeazor.
“2020 is meant to be the year of implementation. Nigeria is on the right track and we are involving the youths in this fight – not just the youth but women.”
However, she advocated need for all stakeholders to join in the climate actions in order to win the fight against climate summit.
This, the minister stressed that the ministry is already partnering with selected Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) such as the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).
Her words: “Everybody has to take ownership of this climate crisis. The ministry will not work in isolation. We will work together with the ministry of water resources, ministry of agriculture and the NSAs office. Climate crisis fuels insecurity as well. The Lake Chad is shrinking. Why do we have the herders and farmers crisis? They have to look for water for their cattle.”
“It’s a very long conversation that we need to seat with all the environmental correspondent and go in-depth,” she added.
Conference of Party 25 on Climate Change is currently holding in Spain with Nigerian delegates from the Environment Ministry, Youth led organisations and Women groups among other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).