President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after participating at the “One Planet” summit in Paris, France.
The summit with the theme “Climate Change Financing’’, was attended by over 60 heads of state and governments, as well as representatives of non-governmental and private organisations.
The President, who departed on Monday, arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, at about 4:35 p.m. on Thursday.
He was received by senior government officials including his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Musa Bello.
While in Paris, President Buhari appealed to the international community to support Nigeria’s commitment to reduce the negative effects of climate change.
Buhari told participants that Nigeria could not implement its Nationally Determined Contributions without adequate financial, technical and capacity building support from developed nations
He said Nigeria ratified the Paris Agreement in May 2017 but its Nationally Determined Contributions to reduce emission by 20 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2030 could not be attained alone.
According to him, the country is not under illusion of the challenges it is facing, having just come out of recession saying Nigeria also proposes to pursue climate-smart agriculture, though the country is paying greater attention to agriculture to diversify the economy.
He added that Nigeria has prioritized five sectors for the implementation of its INDCs. Among these is Oil and Gas, under which Nigeria shall strive through a new National Gas Policy that will reduce flaring, and also promote the use of gas instead of wood products.
The One Planet Summit was hosted by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and organised by the United Nations, the World Bank Group, the French Government and a coalition of NGOs/CSOs.
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