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UYO, NIGERIA/ Policy Alert, a Civil Society Organisation promoting fiscal and ecological justice in the Niger Delta has commended the federal government over the recent appointment of a director general to head the National Council on Climate Change.

On Friday, July 29, 2022, the federal government announced the appointment of Dr. Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change. The appointment is coming on the heels of campaigns from civil society groups for the establishment of the Council in order to implement the Nigeria Climate Change Act, which was signed into law in November 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement signed by the Executive Director of Policy Alert, Tijah Bolton-Akpan earlier today, the organization applauded the appointment, describing it as a necessary first step towards the implementation of the Act.

“The appointment of a Director General for the Council is a necessary first step toward the implementation of the Act. We are expectant that the Secretariat under his leadership as created in the Act will be granted sufficient resources and the freehand needed to boldly address some critical issues that have dogged the climate policy space in recent years” said Bolton-Akpan.

The statement further noted: “We are excited that this is coming ahead of the 27th Conference of Parties (COP)of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – the African COP. We therefore charge the director and Council to ensure that Nigeria leads Africa’s charge to ensure that rich countries who bear historical responsibility for the climate crisis are held accountable to their climate financing commitments and to a higher level of ambition on emissions reduction than the so-called net-zero travesty. At the domestic level, we expect that the Council will begin course-correcting some of the missteps that have marked Nigeria’s climate change response so far, particularly the misalignment between the country’s climate goals and sectoral or sector-wide policy and legal frameworks. While we expect the Secretariat to hit the ground running, it must be stated that from the demand side, we will not spare any effort to hold it up to the highest standards of transparency and accountability on the management of the country’s climate response and the Fund in particular.”

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