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Senate to legislate on climate change

Members of the Senate Committee on Ecology and Climate Change

The Senate on Monday set machinery in motion towards mitigating Climate Change in the country.

The move as declared by its Committee on Ecology and Climate Change, is necessitated by the disturbing high rate of gas emission in the country with the attendant adverse effects on the Climate.

Briefing the press on the planned mitigation, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Lawal Hassan Anka said a National Green Summit will soon hold for a way out of the imminent environmental disaster.

According to Senator Anka, Nigeria is a high net gas emitter and has consistently ranked among the 10th highest gas emitting countries in the world.

According to him Nigeria is currently the seventh largest gas flaring Nation in the world, this combined with other emission sources like oil spillage and non – oil sector notably agriculture, transportation and the power sector.

“Cumulatively,  the country has witnessed the lake Chad basin rapidly drying up and the entire country has also been assailed by climate – induced conflicts leading to high human casualties and unquantifiable material losses “, he lamented.

He stated further that it is as a result of this development that the National Green Summit has been put together for stakeholders to brainstorm on the way forward.

He added that the theme of the summit is “Collective Action for Gas Emission Reduction and Climate Change Mitigation in Nigeria “.

Reporting by Amaka Ene, editing by Daniel Adejo