By Ikenna Uwadileke
A member of the House of Representatives, Samuel Onuigbo (Abia-PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Climate Change Bill when transmitted.
Onuigbo who is the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Climate Change also reiterated the need for verifiable practical actions that would guarantee the country’s attainment to climate change commitments.
In a news conference in Abuja, he stressed the need for adequate budgetary provisions to address the adverse effects of climate change.
The lawmaker tasked Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government to assume their roles as regards adapting and mitigating the effects of climate change in the country.
According to him, climate change had a devastating effect as reported by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in 2012 after the flooding that killed 363 people and displaced 2.1 million in 30 Nigerian states.
“This caused damages and losses worth N2.6 trillion were clear signs of the threat posed by the menace.
“It is evident that we are in perilous times, consequently, we strongly urge the Federal Government and MDAs to consciously and deliberately make adequate budgetary provisions which are supported by coordinated practical and verifiable actions in order for us to attain our climate change commitments.
“A situation where the annual budgetary provisions have oscillate d from N3.9 billion, N 8.1 billion to N1.9 billion in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively leaves so much to be desired.
“The only way to achieve positive result in life is to accept that challenging times that need urgent and practical solutions.
“For us in the 8th National Assembly, we have passed the Climate Change framework Bill as part of our concerted efforts to tackle this menace.
“We strongly urge the Executive to sign the bill into an Act so as to begin the immediate implementation of the law as a way o f checkmating the threat to the stability of our nation posed by climate change,’’ Onuigbo said.
According to him, the absence of a law on issues of climate change had scared investors from investing in the country.
“Today, there is no law on climate change, all we have are policies and that has been a serious setback for the country as far as climate actions are concerned.
“The Bill will therefore see to the establishment of a council to coordinate climate change governance as well as support the adaptation and mitigation of the adverse effects of climate change in the country,’’ Onuigbo added.