Rep. Samuel Onuigbo, the Chairman, Climate Parliamentary Nigeria, says Nigerian lawmakers will make concerted efforts to combat and stem the effects of climate change in the country.
Onuigbo gave the assurance at the inaugural meeting of Climate Parliament Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that legislators would be encouraged to vote for laws and policies that would be environmentally friendly, adding that climate change was the newest environmental challenge facing Nigeria and the world at large.
He urged the lawmakers to help strengthen global efforts to combat climate change.
Onuigbo said that the idea of forming Climate Parliamentary group was to build support for legislators from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe in the fight to stem the devastating effect of climate change globally.
He said that it had been duly recognised that the fight against climate change needed to be backed by political will to take ambitious actions, adding that this had become so urgent.
“Everywhere we turn, we are confronted by the harsh effects of climate change and the reality is that if we do not take action now, we may not have a habitable earth in the next 50 years,” he said.
Onuigbo noted that the impact of climate change had been evident in the loss of landmass and farmlands due to coastal erosion and flooding and other challenges including the desiccation of Lake Chad.
He urged lawmakers to vote for laws and policies that would be environmentally friendly so as to support the country’s drive for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Speaking, Rep Benjamin Kalu, the spokesman for the House of Representatives, underscored the need for necessary legislative instruments to tackle the challenges posed by climate change globally.
He urged the lawmakers to be committed to the project, adding that the issue of climate change should not be taken lightly.
The zonal coordinators for the climate change project were appointed in all the six geo-political zones to help chart a roadmap for tackling climate change in Nigeria.
The parliamentary group zonal coordinators are Rep. Omowumi Ogunlola (South West); Rep. Aisha Dukku (North East); Rep. Benjamin Kalu (South East); Rep. Dagomie Abiante (South South) and Rep. Shehu Kankale (North West).