This followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval for the exercise on Nov. 26, Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesperson said.

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria’s INDC was approved by the President and submitted to the UNFCCC on Nov. 28, ahead of Monday’s opening in Paris of the UN Climate Change conference, widely known as COP21, he said.

The country’s policy to address climate change, as espoused in the country’s INDC, committed to 20 percent unconditional and 45 percent conditional greenhouse gases emission reduction post 2020, Adesina added.

According to him, the action plan announced by the government represents a fair and meaningful contribution to address climate change.

The plan also reaffirmed President Buhari’s commitment to an economic transformation which placed inclusive, green growth as key priority for his administration, he added.

The spokesperson said President Buhari is fully aware of the acute threat that climate change poses to Nigeria’s development through flooding, desertification and insecurity, and many of these accrue from weather-related natural disasters.

While in Paris, President Buhari would participate in a meeting on Lake Chad’s current depletion, which had become a cause of international concern.

The Lake Chad is currently less than 10 percent of its original size and little of the remaining waters is in Nigeria.

About 11.7 million of an estimated 20 million people that lived on the Lake Chad Basin as of 2013 were in the North Eastern region of Nigeria. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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