Speaking at the recent United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, President Muhammadu Buhari revealed plans by his administration to reverse the negative effects of climate change in the West African country.
According to the Daily Trust, the president underscored Nigeria’s commitment to its obligation under the Paris Agreement to ensure a resilient future that prioritises climate risks in its decision making.
Buhari said Nigeria plans to develop a more robust sectorial action plan and expand the scope of its sovereign green bonds in line with intended upward review of NDC towards the inclusion of the water and waste sectors by 2020.
In the water sector, the president said the country would issue a green bond for irrigation and construct multi-purpose dams for power, irrigation and water supply.
Furthermore, he said the
Buhari expressed commitment to take concrete steps to harness climate innovative ideas by including youths in decision-making processes as part of over-all climate governance architecture and mobilise Nigerian youths towards planting 25 million trees to enhance Nigeria’s carbon sink.
In the energy sector, the president said the country is diversifying its energy sources from dependence on
Buhari highlighted that the country is “specifically” and “progressively” working to realise 30% energy efficiency and renewable energy mix by 2030.