The National Council on Climate Change (NCCC) has collaborated with Climate Action Africa (CAA) to address Nigeria’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change in a shared commitment to setting a precedent for proactive and impactful measures in the face of global climate challenges.
The partnership was solidified with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at the NCCC office in Abuja in the presence of representatives from both organizations, including Dr. Salisu Dahiru, Director General of NCCC; Grace Oluchi Mbah, Co-Founder and Executive Director of CAA; Michael Ivenso, Director of Energy, Transportation, and Infrastructure at NCCC; and others.
This collaboration precedes the highly anticipated Climate Action Africa Forum (CAAF24), scheduled to take place in Lagos, Nigeria, from June 17th to 19th, 2024.
CAAF24 is a global event that will bring together stakeholders from across the world to encourage collaboration, catalyze actionable solutions, and urge governments, businesses, and individuals to invest in climate-smart initiatives.
While commenting on the importance of the partnership, Dahiru noted that the collaboration with Climate Action Africa is a pivotal step towards building a climate-resilient Nigeria, adding that the aim of the joint efforts was to promptly address vulnerabilities and work towards sustainable solutions for the country.
He pointed out that the collaboration is necessary for the country because Nigeria faces significant challenges from extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, erosion, and rising sea levels. These risks particularly threaten sectors like agriculture, water resources, public health, and settlements.
According to the Executive Director of CAA, Grace Oluchi Mbah, Nigeria’s vulnerability to climate change necessitates immediate and collective action, explaining that the partnership aspires to harness the power of innovation, sustainable practices, policy dialogue, and community engagement to reshape Nigeria’s future and set a global example.