Nigeria Praises COP21 Climate Change Outcome, Promises To Sign Paris Agreement

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Nigeria supports the Paris agreement on Climate Change reached at the end of COP21 meeting held in France last December and will join in the signing of the global pact in due course, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Tuesday, according to a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.

Mr. Osinbajo spoke at the Presidential Villa during a courtesy visit by the French Minister for the Environment, Power and Marine Affairs, who presided over the COP21 meeting in Paris, Ms. Segolene Royal.

The Vice President disclosed that working together with the legislative arm of the Nigerian government, the country will play its part in signing the agreement and ensuring ratification.

“COP21 outcome is important for everyone, it is the largest landmark agreement on climate change,” Mr. Osinbajo said.

Mr. Osinbajo also highlighted the need for the rehabilitation of Lake Chad which is being threatened by climate change.

He said Lake Chad is also important from the point of view of security and economic perspectives and restated Nigeria’s concern about the lake and welcomed international support on its preservation and rehabilitation.

He thanked the French minister for making a stop in Nigeria as she tours countries in the continent, expressing the hope that Nigeria and France would continue to expand diplomatic and economic relationships, especially as the federal government is confronting a number of economic issues including diversification and development of infrastructure.

The Vice President who was joined at the meeting by Nigeria’s Environment Minister, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, commended the effort of Ms. Royal in her role as COP21 president and pledged Nigeria’s continued support.

Ms. Royal told the Vice President that she is visiting Nigeria and a number of other African countries to ensure that the Paris Agreement is established through the signing and ratification process, and also beyond to encourage the signatories take concrete actions in line with the agreement after the signing.

She noted the support of the international community on the preservation and rehabilitation of Lake Chad and announced that the Paris Agreement would be signed April 22 at the United Nations.

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