President Bola Tinubu said on Monday that the presence of government-sponsored 422 out of 1,411 delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP-28 Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, is beneficial for national investment and partnership opportunities.
In a statement by Mohammed Idris, Minister of Information and National Orientation, the President stated, “It is imperative to point out that the overall Nigerian delegation to COP-28 comprises government-sponsored (federal and state governments) and non-government-sponsored participants (from private companies, NGOs, CSOs, media, academia, etc.”
“The Federal Government-funded delegation is made up of a total of 422 persons, as follows: the National Council on Climate Change with 32 delegates, the Federal Ministry of Environment with 34 delegates, all Ministries with 167 delegates, the Presidency with 67 delegates, the Office of the Vice President with 9 delegates, the National Assembly with 40 delegates, and the Federal Parastatals and Agencies with 73 delegates.
As the biggest economy and most populous country in Africa, with a substantial extractive economy and extensive vulnerability to climate change, Nigeria has a significant stake in climate action, and our active and robust participation at COP is therefore not unwarranted, Tinubu said.
Tinubu disclosed that COP-28 presents an array of investment and partnership opportunities for the various sectors affected by climate change, and Nigeria is already benefiting from its ongoing participation.