OrderPaperToday – The Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Climate Change Bill passed by the National Assembly recently.

Mr. Sam Onuigbo, the president of GLOBE in Nigeria, and vice president of the body in charge of Africa, made the appeal at the launch of the policy research works of REDD+, Great Green World Wall Initiative and Natural Capital Accounting.

Onuigbo, who is the sponsor of the bill, also urged that the parliament, religious bodies, and private organizations intensify actions to address the impacts of climate change in the country.

The lawmaker, who represents Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South) in the House of the Representatives, said that all was being put in place to reverse the impacts of climate change to prevent future catastrophes.

“It is important to start on a joyful note. The Senate has given concurrence to the Climate Change Bill. This would not have been possible without the combined efforts of all of us,” Onuigbo stated.

Additionally, he said that “one other key area that we as legislators can help in ensuring that the objectives of these programmes are attained is through the area of appropriation of funds. It is important that we use our powers of appropriation to ensure that Ministries, Departments and Agencies who are involved in REDD+, the Great Green Wall Initiative, and Natural Capital Governance, are provided with funding that will help them in carrying out their responsibilities. This way, we would have done our part towards saving our future.” 

The GLOBE in Nigeria VP reiterated that “our world is facing an existential threat, and we must act now and purposefully to save it. Thankfully, as stakeholders, we are all uniquely positioned to play critical roles in this fight. Let us, therefore, join hands and do this.”  

Onuigbo acknowledged “the support Mr. Speaker has consistently shown to GLOBE, right from the launch of this project on November 20, 2019, till now. My special thanks also go to my colleagues and members of GLOBE Nigeria for being dedicated, supportive and relentless.” 

Also, the National Coordinator of Nigeria’s REDD+ programme, Dr Moses Ama, called on the lawmakers to come up with legislation that will tackle climate change.

“This is the kind of partnership and support the REDD is designed for. Our burden has always been how to bring the legislators on board to see how we can come up with some form of legislation that would assist in global climate change. We are looking forward to when this climate change bill will be assented. This would be a statement that the international community would take us seriously. We have to tell the stories and begin to leverage on them. We cannot dwell on the burden of grants alone but we need budgetary allocation for this purpose,” Ama said.

Meanwhile, the representative of the British High Commission, Sean Melbourne, expressed excitement over actions taken by GLOBE in Nigeria to minimize climate change issues.

“I celebrate the launch to support the Great Green wall Initiative. It shows that Nigeria is not just talking the walk but walking the talk. The concurrence of the climate change bill in the Senate yesterday is quite commendable. We have to see to food security and multiple development goals. Nigeria is also playing a key role locally and internationally by tackling climate change. We need to urgently translate political will to action. UK (United Kingdom) is supporting Nigeria with climate change fund which seek to protect Marine environment“, he noted.

In his closing remarks, the Minority Leader, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, representing the Speaker of the House of Representatives, assured of speedy transmission of the Climate Change Bill and consideration of other bills related to climate change.

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