Finally, there is a commitment! Nigeria is set to formally join the Paris climate change agreement in September, bringing the treaty’s entry into force a step closer.
According to reports, Environment minister, Amina Mohammed set out the government’s timeline at a ministerial breakfast meeting on Sunday.
For the Paris Agreement to go live, 55 countries responsible for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions need to ratify. To date, 17 small states have completed the formalities, with islands vulnerable to rising seas leading the charge.
“It is promising to see that both the European Commission and a few EU countries have indicated they will speed up the ratification process,” said Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network Europe.
“Swift ratification is crucial to maintain the momentum of COP21, but it is not going to be enough to make the Paris Agreement a reality. It will remain an empty promise, unless it leads to an increase of climate action at home.”
Nigeria accounts for 0.57% of emissions, according to a UN inventory. Hopefully, the country will pull through in its promises. Recently, Nigeria commenced on the clean-up exercise of Ogoniland in the Niger Delta area of the country as per UNEP recommendations.