The Clerk of the House of Representatives Committee on Climate Change, Wali Baba Shehu, has revealed that the National Assembly made provision of N8 billion in the 2017 Appropriation Bill for the country to tackle issues on climate change.
Sheu disclosed this at the Climate Change Knowledge Immersion workshop series, which held in Abuja last week. It was organised by the Federal Ministry of the Environment’s Department for Climate Change and the World Bank for members of the National Assembly.
“The sum of N8 billion has been dedicated as a new budget line for issues on climate change in the 2017 budget, which will cut across all the MDAs that directly engage in issues of climate change. This is a committed action taken by the legislative arm of government to support Nigeria’s action towards achieving its set goals of reducing carbon emissions by 25 per cent by the year 2030,” Shehu said.
It was gathered that this is the first time the National Assembly will be dedicating a lump sum to issues of climate change in the budget across the diverse sections of MDAs that work on climate change issues.
The Director, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Dr Peter Tarfa, expressed delight and commended the lawmakers for coming up with the budgetary plans to assist in implementing the country’s plans of action on climate change.
“This will immensely enhance the capacity of Nigeria to draw from the diverse climate change funds or green funds that are available in the international community, but required a stringent counterpart commitment. It will also enable the much desired collaboration amongst all the MDAs as against working in silos thereby limiting our ability to work collectively,” Tarfa said.
A Director with the Energy Commission of Nigeria, Dr John Epkeyong, however enjoined the lawmakers to tie the appropriation to set targets.
“I want to appeal to the National Assembly to make sure that whichever department or agency that will be receiving funds from this budget must ensure that their expenditure is based a set target of achieving carbon emissions in any way,” he said.