Chairman, House Committee on Climate Change, Hon. Sam Onuigbo has charged all government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to include in their 2016 budget estimates adequate funds to contain the devastating effects of climate change.
The lawmaker stated this during an inter-ministerial meeting with the MDAs at the National Assembly complex.
The lawmaker hinted that following the Paris agreement every United Nations member nation including Nigeria was expected to ratify and initiate programmes to address climate change challenges.
He said the interaction with MDAs became necessary because the negative effects of climate change were vigorously and violently confronting and overpowering human survival efforts and threatening the earth.
According to him, “The objective of the inter-ministerial meeting is to ascertain the impact of climate change in government ministries, departments and agencies charged with such responsibilities.
“Consequently, it might be necessary to reconsider your 2016 budget proposals to accommodate some of the new challenges especially as it affects national contributions.
“We must not allow ourselves and our nation to be outpaced in these national and international actions that are required to create sustainable and climate friendly solutions.”
He added that the Paris agreement was aimed at establishing the concentration of climate damaging emissions of the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous impacts on environment and humans.
In a brief presentation, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed noted that climate change had affected virtually every facet of our national life and emphasised the need for an inter-agency platform to address the problems.
The minister, therefore, canvassed the need for the federal government to make provisions for climate change challenges in its annual budgets.


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