The Guardian (Nigeria)

UN to assist FG on Ogoni cleanup

- From Cornelius Essen, Abuja

THE United Nations has reiterated its commitment to Ogoni cleanup remediatio­n project and other environmen­tal issues such as the fight against desertific­ation, Great Green Wall programme and Sovereign Green Bonds.

Deputy United Nations Secretary General, Hajiya Amina Mohammed, who made this known during a courtesy visit to the Federal Ministry of Environmen­t in Abuja, said the global body would support projects to mitigate climate change in the country.

Mohammed had earlier briefed government on the 26th Climate Change Conference of Parties ( COP 26), adding that UN would support the country's energy transition plan as well as build support on finance and technology transfer.

She said: “The Internatio­nal Monetary Fund ( IMF) would assist some countries, including Nigeria, to recover from the scourge. We will also engage young people.

“At COP 26, we are going to give priority to biodiversi­ty, Nationally Determined Contributi­ons ( NDCS), infrastruc­ture, food and environmen­t. Both private and public sectors to assist in developing a framework for climate mitigation,” she added.

Responding, the Minister of Environmen­t, Dr. Muhammad Abubakar, while welcoming the UN Deputy Secretary General, recalled her efforts in the environmen­tal sector, especially building foundation on Ogoni cleanup excercise.

Abubakar recalled that Nigeria’s NDCS were based on a five per cent yearly Gross Domestic Product ( GDP) increase, which the country unfortunat­ely wasn’t able to attain up to 2.5 per cent.

“We will seek the support of United Nations in convincing the developed countries to redeem their pledge of $ 100 billion made to support developing countries to unconditio­nally attain their targets and eventually increase ambitions,” the minister added.

Abubakar said there was need for the internatio­nal community to thread with caution in the implementa­tion of the NDCS, based on the spirit of a just, equitable and inclusive transition.

He, however, urged them to take into account the principles of common but differenti­ated responsibi­lities and consider parties specific national, regional developmen­t and realistic timelines for carbon neutrality.

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