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KANO — The Kano State Government has approved N500 million counterpart fund for the implementation of a-six-year World Bank assisted project, “Agro Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL).” The Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting. Garba said the project focused at increasing the adoption of climate resilience landscape management practices and enhance livelihood in targeted arid and semi-arid watersheds in northern...

ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday, signed two bills, passed by the National Assembly, into law. They include the Climate Change Act and the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (Amendment) Act amending the AMCON Act No.4, 2010. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari signs climate change, AMCON (amendment) bills into law.’ According to Shehu, the Climate Change Act owes...

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By Michelle Gavin, Guest columnist and blogger As the world debates the successes, failures, and omissions of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, one inescapable conclusion is that Africa’s needs should be elevated on the global climate agenda. African leaders went into the conference with a clear agenda about the urgency of support for adaptation, the centrality of expanding access to power for Africans, and the overall need for partnering with African states on equal footing...

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria will achieve net-zero emissions by 2060. The president indicated this on Tuesday while speaking about Nigeria’s plans during the climate change conference in Glasgow. His proposed date is 10 years behind the United Nations-approved target. The UN stipulated that the global carbon dioxide emissions would need to reach net-zero around 2050 to limit the disastrous effects of climate change. Net zero-emission means that all man-made greenhouse gas emissions must...

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The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, and Access Bank of Nigeria have commended the move by an international advocacy organisation, Global Citizen, to end poverty, COVID-19, and climate change as the group announced the local hosts for its concert which will hold in Lagos. A statement by Global Citizen, a New York-based global not-for-profit body, said wealthiest nations needed to deliver on the promise to give $100bn annually to address climate...

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ABUJA — The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted normal to above normal rainfall from June to August across the nation. The NiMet Director-General, Prof. Mansur Matazu, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja while addressing journalists. According to him, for the June-July-August (JJA) season, there are strong chances of normal to above normal rainfall over Nigeria. “Above-normal rainfall condition is expected over the northern cities such as Bauchi, Dutse, Gombe, Gusau, Zaria, Kano, Lafia,...

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KADUNA — As the rainy season begins, a climatologist has called on Nigerians to desist from dumping garbage in public spaces, to forestall outbreaks of health disasters in the country. The Assistance Director, African Climate Reporters, Mohammed Zakari, said this in an interactive session with newsmen on Sunday, in Kaduna. Zakari stressed the need for Nigerians to change the culture of dumping garbage on the streets, car-parks, bus stations, railway stations, in order to save...

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ABUJA — The African Development Bank (AfDB) has committed an additional 12.5 billion dollars to climate finance between 2020 to 2025 in Africa. President of the AfDB, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, said this at the first online international Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021 on Monday. The two-day summit, hosted by the Dutch government, aimed to adopt a roadmap for a decade of transformation toward a climate-resilient future by 2030. Adesina said that the amount would be ...

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We want more people to be able to travel without contributing to climate change. Earlier this month, I wrote about how COVID-19 is a cautionary tale for climate change. There’s no doubt that we have experienced terrible suffering and economic hardship over the last several months. But as hard as it is to imagine right now when we’re still in the middle of the pandemic, climate change has the potential to be even more devastating. The...

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Residents of Lagos have been notified to expect heavy rainfall in September. The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, issued the alert and added that the government had intensified efforts to manually clear blocked drainages across the state. To address regular occurrence of flash floods in the State, the Commissioner said that the government plans to set up pump station pilot project at Ilubirin in Lagos Island. The stations will promptly pump...

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