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FG Calls On Developed Countries To Redeem $100Bn Pledge For Climate Action



FG Calls On Developed Countries To Redeem $100Bn Pledge For Climate Action

The Federal Government has called on developed countries to redeem their 100 billion dollars pledge, made to support developing countries on climate action.

The. Minister of State, Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, made the call on Wednesday,  in Abuja, at a news briefing on COP26 preparation, scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 12, in Glasgow.

She mentioned important issues to be discussed at the COP26 as; mobilizing finance, scaling up adaptation, how to deal with the damage on economic and non-economic caused by climate impact, among others.

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”We require the developed countries to honor the word given made back in 2009 of mobilizing 100 billion dollars per year by 2020 to support climate action in developing countries.

“Recent announcements, including President Joe Biden’s pledge to double U.S. climate finance, have brought developed countries closer to honoring the pledge.

“However, we need more done to restore credibility and strengthen trust between developing and developed nations,” she said.

According to her, in the area of scaling up adaptation,  considering that Africa is at the receiving end of climate change impacts, our focus will be to strengthen our ability to adapt to climate change impacts.

“Also, another important element for discussion at COP26 is the question of how to deal with economic and non-economic harms caused by climate change impacts..

“The impact of climate action which cannot be avoided through adaptation or mitigation, known as ‘loss and damage’.

“As we look towards the firming up of increased finance for adaptation, we also look forward to progress in the operationalization of the Paris Agreement’s ‘Global Goal on Adaptation,” she said.

The minister said that Nigeria would have a pavilion to primarily showcase the climate action and Green efforts at COP 26.

She said that the showcase would attract investors, engage and learn especially on innovative ways to meet up with the international standards towards moving a low emission economic development pathway.

She said that Nigeria was more gas than an oil country, adding the government had requested consideration for financing projects using transition fuels, such as gas.

“We do have energy challenges for which we believe gas can be used to balance a renewable energy-based system, be it wind or sun.

“This will enable us to launch the long-term renewable energy infrastructure procurements and investments needed to have a sustainable energy supply.

The minister said that a 2050 Long-Term Vision for Nigeria (LTV-2050) had been developed, adding that the country was expecting the Vision to lay a solid foundation.

She added that the foundation would help to pursue a low carbon economy and climate-resilient society with a knowledge-driven economy that was globally competitive and compliant with Africa’s Agenda 2063.

“We also expect this vision to move us towards having net-zero emissions in the second half of the century across all sectors of development in a gender-responsive manner.

”We agree that Net Zero ambition can lead to economic transformation across all sectors,” she said.

She said that Nigeria would be taken a revised National Policy on Climate Change (NPCC) approved in June to COP26.

She said that the NPCC would enable Nigeria to implement mitigation measures and also strengthen adaptation towards a sustainable climate-resilient development pathway in the country.

Ikeazor explained that every year countries that have signatories to the UNFramework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meet to take discuss how to address climate.

She said that the meeting was done at the  Conference of the Parties (COP).“The COP is hosted by different countries each year.

“The conferences are attended by world leaders, Ministers, and Negotiators but also by representatives from Civil Society, Business, International Organizations, and the Media.

“This COP 26 is a unique one. It was to be held in November of 2020 but was postponed for one year due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

According to her, it is hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy. It is scheduled to take place from 31 October-12 November 2021.

“The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Britain and Northern Ireland, His Excellency Boris Johnson has invited Heads of States and Government to participate in the World Leaders Summit (WSL) and High-Level segment scheduled for Nov. 1, and 2, 2021.

During which the world leaders will have the opportunity to make national statements.

“President Muhammadu Buhari will be attending the WLS and will read Nigeria’s statement at the event,” she said.

According to her, Mr. President is to attend alongside a high-powered delegation consisting of some State Governors, Ministers, and other select government functionaries.

“COP26 is a critical summit for global climate action. COP26 is important as critical issues that affect the way we earn, live, and even eat will be discussed and decisions are taken.

“So, we need to be there to negotiate and try to influence these decisions as they will positively affect our country and people even as we join in the global efforts to keep the temperatures down.

The overarching aim for the Glasgow summit is to ‘keep 1.5 degrees alive,” she said.

Ikeazor said that the UNFCCC negotiations provide a forum through which all parties openly communicate their interest and challenges on climate change issues and then reach consensuses on how to move forward.

She added that a country party delegation consisting of one or more officials is empowered to represent and negotiate on behalf of their government.

She said, based on the tradition of the UN, Parties are organized into five regional groups, mainly for the purposes of electing the bureau, such as the African States.

“Asian States, Eastern European States, Latin American and the Caribbean States, and the Western European and Other States (Australia, Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United States of America).

“Developing country Parties generally work through the Group of 77 to establish common negotiating positions through the African Group of Negotiators, which Nigeria belongs to,” she said. 

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EEDC Connect: DisCo launches New App For Customers



EEDC Connect: DisCo launches New App For Customers

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), says it has newly launched its “EEDC Connect’ app for enhanced electricity customers interface, meant to ensure timely and superior service delivery.

EEDC’s Head of Communications, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, said in a statement on Saturday in Enugu that the multi-functional application (mobile App) is designed to allow customers to have access to the company’s services with ease.

Ezeh noted that some of the services the ‘EEDC Connect’ App would offer included: payment of bills, prompt request for support, viewing of payment history, registering complaints, and viewing your logged complaint to ascertain its current status.

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According to him, the company has embraced information technology as a tool to make its operations efficient and transparent, both for the company and its customers.

He said: “To get started, customers are expected to download “EEDC Connect” on their mobile phones from “Google Play Store”, register, and obtain a One-Time Password (OTP) which should be keyed in, to complete the process.

“The launch of “EEDC Connect” is coming barely two weeks after the company introduced its “Online Bill Download Portal”, a service that allows its customers conveniently view/download their energy bills right from the EEDC website and make payment without necessarily waiting to receive the physical copy of their bills”.

Ezeh reiterated that the introduction of these initiatives is part of the company’s ongoing automation processes aimed at achieving efficiency and improving customer experience.

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Osinbajo Task Nigerians On Unity



Osinbajo Task Nigerians On Unity

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, says Nigeria needs not just achievers, but men and women who are bridge-builders and unifiers.

The vice president said the nation needs people who will see its ethnic diversity as a source of strength, and not as a point of difference.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the vice president spoke at the turbaning ceremony of some prominent persons in Bida Emirate, Niger State.

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In Bida, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji  Yahaya Abubakar, in a show of goodwill and appreciation, conferred on the vice president the

“Garkuwan Yamma Nupe”, which means – the Defender of Nupe Kingdom.“I am short of words to express our gratitude to the vice president.

It shows the concern you have for all Nigerians irrespective of who they are and where they come from,” Abubakar said.

The traditional ruler turbaned four prominent public officials including  Musa Abdullahi, a member of the House of Representatives, who was made the Gwarzon Nupe, and another member of the lower chamber, Bako  Kasimu, who became the Zarman Nupe.

Others were Engr. Muhammed Haruna, who was turbaned as the Dan Turakin Nupe – he is a member of the Niger State House of Assembly, and Dr Suleiman Sheshi, the Chairman of the Bida Local Government Council, who was given the title, Maina Nupe.

Osinbajo expressed his appreciation of the traditional ruler’s goodwill and congratulated all who were honoured at the event.

The Etsu Nupe has wisely chosen today to celebrate excellence and selfless service.

“They have all brought competence, commitment and character to the positions of responsibility entrusted to them.

And this is evident from all we know and what has been said about them.”

In his remarks afterwards, Osinbajo said that the conferment of the titles was a fresh call to service to the Bida community and the nation.

He restated the Federal Government’s commitment to enhancing security nationwide.“Our country needs men and women who understand that all men and women, regardless of race and faith, deserve to be treated equally, fairly and justly.

“We will continue to work with key stakeholders and the people to effectively tackle the current insecurity challenges in order to achieve a peaceful and prosperous society.

“This we promise to do to the glory of the Almighty and for the benefit of the people who elected us into office.

“Many sons and daughters of Nupe land have risen to prominence in Nigeria in both the pre-and post-independence era, making significant contributions to national development.”

The vice president said that that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration recognised the strategic importance of Nupe-land in national development.

According to him, a few weeks ago, the Federal Executive Council approved the reconstruction of key roads in Niger State.

He said the administration understood that in order to sustainably improve the standard of living of the people, it must address the persistent socio-economic inequalities by ensuring that people are gainfully engaged in legitimate economic activity.

The vice president celebrated the culture of the Nupe people and their contributions to national development over the course of the nation’s history.

“That is why we have and will continue to prioritise agricultural growth and development. Between July and September 2021, agriculture contributed almost 30 per cent of Nigeria’s total GDP. 

Nupe-land, with its vast farmlands and extensive farming activities, is key in delivering this figure.

Nupe kingdom is a land that is steeped in the splendour of tradition.

“Indeed, this occasion provides us with a platform to appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the Nupe people, a proud and distinguished people with a unique history and looking around Wadata Palace here, we can see some of the vestiges of the battles, symbols of Nupe bravery and heroism.

“We are very fortunate to have one of its great sons, who had an illustrious career in the Nigerian military and rose to the rank of a General before he answered the call of service to his people, to take the seat of his forefathers as the 13th Etsu Nupe.

“His Royal Highness, Abubakar, our host today; is easily one of the most respected traditional leaders in Nigeria today,” he said.

Osinbajo was welcomed to Bida by  Gov. Abubakar Bello and was also accompanied on the trip by Sen. Sani Musa (APC-Niger East).

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PDP National Secretary Visits Orji Kalu, Begs Him To Return To Party



PDP National Secretary Visits Orji Kalu, Begs Him To Return To Party

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday, appealed to the Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Orji Kalu to return to the party.

The National Secretary of the Party, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, made the appeal when he led a delegation of members of the PDP to visit Kalu in his Abuja residence.

The appeal is coming barely two weeks that the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu visited the former governor of Abia in Abuja. Anyanwu, shortly after a one-hour closed-door meeting with Kalu, said that their meeting centred on what would be profitable to the country.

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According to him, we came to visit a friend, a leader in the South-East and one of our own and to acquaint him with the developments in our party.

“And to let him know the reason why he should move over to our party. We had a good discussion and this is just the beginning,’’ he said.

Anyanwu noted that the visit was part of efforts by the PDP to bring their members back and reposition the party.

“We are talking about bringing people back to the party because the more the merrier.

“This is a place he started, so you have to leave where you are and go back to where you started,’’ Anyanwu stressed. Kalu, an ardent supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari and a reliable member of the APC left the PDP in November 2016.

Though he has not openly declared interest in the 2023 presidential election, his presidential posters flooded major cities in the country recently. 

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