Environmental Law: US, Germany to Attend National Summit on Legislative Framework


German and United States governments including prominent development partners have indicated interest to participate in a three-day National Summit on Legislative framework for environmental law and policy.
The idea for the summit was initiated by the House of Representatives.
National Coordinator of the Summit, Oracle Nwala, during a briefing in Abuja on Monday said the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is expected to declare open the event. It is slated to hold between Tuesday, 3rd October to Thursday, 5th October, 2017 in Abuja.
According to Nwala, the Wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo will take a tour of the exhibition pavilion along with members of the Diplomatic Corps from the US embassy, Germany, World Bank. Other important dignitaries expected at the event includes representatives from the African Development Bank (AfDB), European Union (EU), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), among others.
According to him, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Bernhard Schlagheck, who obliged to chair the summit, said in response to the invitation sent to the Embassy: “We are most interested in the event as Germany is highly engaged in environmental issues.”
Nwala, who gave assurance on the logistics for the Summit said the “Exhibition and Town Hall meeting will be held alongside the Summit to afford companies in the industry, policy makers, regulators and inventors the opportunity to validate their various interventions in enhancing the course of the environment as well as interact and network with Summit antendees, MDAs, international agencies and general public.”
On his part, Rachid Benmessaoud, World Bank’s Country Director for Nigeria, Africa Region, pledged the Bank’s technical support for achieving the set objectives.
UNIDO representative to ECOWAS & Regional Director, Nigeria Regional Office Hub, Jean Bakole, in a letter to the Committee, applauded the intervention of the Committee which is in line with UNIDO’s mandate.
According to the UNIDO representative, the agency is “a specialized UN agency that promote industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.”
The organizer also acknowledged YDO Yao, Director and representative of UNESCO regional office, Abuja, who commended the Committee’s “initiative of proposing this summit where you intend to overhaul the Nigerian legislative framework for environment. We anticipate that this effort will align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which UNESCO is supporting member states like Nigeria, to achieve,” the letter read.
Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Obinna Chidoka, who underscored the importance of the summit, emphasized the need to take proactive steps in developing appropriate environmental laws and policy for Nigeria considering its role in the comity of nations.
“We are very conscious of the grave threats posed by such issues as global warming, climate change, desertification, oil spillage, erosion, estate management and gas flaring, etc.
“In the context of the House Committee on Environment, we realize the importance of ensuring that our legislative framework on environment is robust and comprehensive to sustain a virile policy framework for the environment governance and management,” Chidoka stressed during an interactive session with members of Technical Committee.

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