Rep. Onuigbo Inaugurates Joint National Assembly Committee On Climate Change Legislation

By Ikenga Chronicles December 2, 2016

The Chairman House Committee on Climate Change, and member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South Federal Constituency, Rep. Sam Onuigbo has set up a joint national assembly panel of experts to come up with workable climate change laws for the country.

The committee which is working in consultation with the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF)is tasked with;

1. Evaluating some key findings made earlier on the issue of climate change and possible components of laws that will ensure that Nigeria meets her Intended National Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement.

2. Examine existing laws with a view to determining possible modifications that will accommodate present day needs.

3 Take a look at the international legislative frameworks with special focus on Kenya,Philippines and the United Kingdom, with a view to extracting workable examples.

With the present government’s commitment to environmental issues and Rep. Onuigbo’s own burning passion for a cleaner environment for the country, the enactment of laws that will help ensure that Nigeria meets her National Determined Contributions has become very necessary.

It is expected that at the end of its work, the committee will be able to come up with appropriate draft legislation that will;

“address specific legal gaps in terms of specific measures to undertake climate adaptation and mitigation;coordinate regulatory activities of the diverse actors identified in the sector; develop market and fiscal mechanisms that encourage good practices; and provide a system of monitoring and evaluating performance.”

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