Nigeria reached a significant milestone in its sustainability drive, unveiling the Long-Term Low Emission Development Strategy (LT-LEDS) during the ongoing COP28 in Dubai. The event, held at the esteemed African Pavilion in the Blue Zone, witnessed dignitaries and global delegates marking this groundbreaking launch.
Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development at AEFUNAI, and Dr. Eugene Itua, Executive Director of Natural Eco-Capital, moderated the event. They highlighted that the LT-LEDS, initially overseen by the Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of the Environment, and completed under the National Council on Climate Change, aimed to foster sustainable development and a climate-resilient economy in Nigeria.
Representing the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), Ms. Halima-Bwa-Bari conveyed Dr. Salisu Dahiru’s pride in Nigeria’s launch of the LT-LEDS, emphasising its support for sustainable development and climate resilience.
Hon. Festus Keyamo (SAN), on behalf of the Minister for Environment, Hon. Balarabe Abbas Lawal, stressed the strategic importance of the LTS in aligning with Nigeria’s net-zero commitment announced at COP26. He urged international partners to aid in LT-LEDS implementation, supporting the shift from fossil fuel dependency to a low-carbon future.
Global Director of the NDC Partnership, Mr. Pablo Vieria, applauded Nigeria’s strides, affirming the LT-LEDS as a testament to the nation’s leadership in decarbonizing its economy. He pledged the NDC Partnership’s collaboration in advancing LT-LEDS adoption.
Ms. Mathide Bord-Laurans from the French Development Agency (AFD) congratulated Nigeria, highlighting the AFD’s contribution to the LT-LEDS development. She assured continued support for Nigeria’s investment ventures aligned with the LT-LEDS.
Mr. Richard Baron, Executive Director of the 2050 Pathways Platform, lauded Nigeria’s inclusive approach in crafting the LT-LEDS, praising the collaboration between diverse stakeholders and academia.
In his closing remarks, the Director-General of the NCCC stressed the need for practical action, emphasising the translation of LT-LEDS projects into tangible investments. He urged the formulation of an LT-LEDS Implementation Plan and capital mobilisation for its execution.
Miss Chioma Amudi from the NCCC highlighted the crucial factors in translating LT-LEDS into investments, emphasising finance, stakeholder engagement, and robust institutions.
Hon. Terseer Ugbor, Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Environment, pledged the national parliament’s support in implementing the LTS.