Statement of Bill promoter and GLOBE VP for Africa Hon. Samuel Onuigbo on the successful first reading at the House of Representatives of the Nigerian National Assembly.
I was recently elected the Vice President (Africa) of Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) International. This of course positions me as the head of GLOBE in Africa and Nigeria. It is a responsibility that I take seriously.
GLOBE is an international association of national parliamentarians who sponsor bills and support policies that are geared towards Sustainable Development. With eyes on issues that border on environment, climate change, agriculture, water resources, ecology, women, youths, social development, and many more, the focus of GLOBE is vast, as many aspects of our lives interlink in the drive to preserve our environment.
While most of us have been hearing about the effects of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and lack of attention to our ecosystem (especially our Natural Capital), on the environment, what many do not know is that we are now at a stage where we directly feel the dire impacts of this lack of attention on our environment. Gully erosions which have destroyed homes and farmlands, the drying up of the Lake Chad, farmers-herders clashes due to struggle for disappearing resources, banditry and terrorism, the soot situation in Rivers State, are many examples of the fact that our environment is dying and we, with it.
We cannot afford to fold our arms and do nothing. As Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington State rightly said; “We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change— and the last generation that can actually do something about it.”
This is why, working closely with GLOBE Nigeria, I have re-worked and re-presented the Climate Change Bill which was passed by the 8th Assembly (the House of Representatives and the Senate), but was not assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR. This bill is so important to the tackling of the devastating effects of climate change and the preservation of our environment that we must fight to ensure that it is passed again and assented to. Thankfully, the updated version of the bill has gone through the first reading at the House of Representatives. We will continue to work hard with other GLOBE members and relevant committees to ensure that this is achieved.
In the same vein, GLOBE will continue to work hard to ensure that necessary attention is paid to addressing environmental issues. This we must do by working in synergy with all relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, legislative committees and non-governmental organizations to put in place policies that will help limit GHG emissions and improve on how to protect and preserve the environment using the Natural Capital Approach.
We must save our environment, so that it might in turn save us and our children.
Rep. Sam Onuigbo FCIS, FNIM
Vice President Africa, GLOBE International