By Stephanie Odiase
The Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Iziaq Adekunle Salako, has said he hopes to focus international attention and mobilize more support for Nigeria’s ambitious climate agenda with a view to ending the country’s dependence on fossil fuel, at the 78th United Nations General Assembly.
Salako who disclosed that he will, on behalf, of President Bola Tinubu, update the global community of Nigeria’s efforts at climate mitigation and adaptation, added that Nigeria would use the opportunity to seek strategic partnership and bilateral collaboration at the global gathering.
According to a statement by the Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Environment, Haruna Ibrahim, the minister will represent President Tinubu at the high level for Nature and People meeting to demonstrate Nigeria’s leading role in Africa and in the West Africa sub-region on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.
The minister is also expected to participate in the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Ambition Summit where he will join other world leaders to talk about key climate action, targets and milestones like Nationally Determined Contributions, Energy Transition Plans, fossil fuel phase out plans, renewable energy targets and economic wide plans on climate adaptation and resilience.
Additionally, Salako is scheduled to participate in the Commonwealth Ministers of Environment and Climate Meeting, High Ambition for the High Seas, High level event on building economies for the future and similar multilateral high level events.
“He will also hold bilateral meetings with colleague ministers from other countries and development partners within the environment and climate change thematic areas,” the statement added.