- The efforts of the federal government of Nigeria against climate change effects have been rewarded with a very great honour
- In recognition of his commitment to this cause, President Muhammadu Buhari has been made the head of the Pan African Great Green Wall
- President Buhari will occupy the office till 2023 within which period he is expected to work hard against activities that bring about the depletion of the African ecosystems
President Muhammadu Buhari has been elected as the head of the Pan African Great Green Wall (PAGGW).
As announced by Chief Sharon Ikeazor, the minister of state for environment, announced on Sunday, December 5, in Abuja, President Buhari will preside over the presidency of the PAGGW for the next two years.
A statement issued by Sagir el Mohammed, the ministry's director of press, said this development came at the end of the 4th Ordinary session of the conference of Heads of State and government of PAGGW held on Thursday, December 2, in Abuja, Daily Nigerian reports.
As one of its primary tasks, Nigeria will make decisive efforts towards dealing with problems of land degradation, food security, deforestation, and climate change caused by the depletion of the forest ecosystems.
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The statement read:
“At the end of the 4th Ordinary Session of the CHSG, Nigeria took over the Presidency of the PAGGW.
“So for the next two years, Nigeria and President Buhari will be the president of the Great Green Wall Initiative in Africa.
“This means that within the period, Nigeria will work assiduously towards addressing the problems of land degradation, food security, desertification, climate change, depletion of the forest ecosystems and biodiversity in Africa, among others.
“With the unparalleled commitment of Mr President in addressing issues of climate change and desertification, coupled with the immense respect he commands within the international community, a lot would be achieved during his tenure.”
On his part, the Nigerian leader said he will do his utmost to make sure his office achieves the purpose for which it was created.
“All things being equal, we shall strengthen our efforts in the mobilisation of resources for the accelerated accomplishment of the Decennial Priority Investment Plan (DPIP) 2021-2030 and its concrete implementation action.
“The realisation of financial pledges that emerged as an outcome of the “One Planet Summit” held on Jan. 11th, 2021 in Paris, France would be given utmost priority.
“I want to assure that the restoration of Africa degraded ecosystems and ensuring the resilience of our people against climate change effects shall be strengthened."
AFLPM: Aisha Buhari gets presidential position in Africa
Meanwhile, Nigeria's first lady, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, was on Monday, November 22, unanimously elected as the president of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM).
The election from which Aisha emerged unopposed and as such victorious, was conducted during the 9th General Assembly of the AFLPM.
This welcome development was announced by a presidential media aide, Femi Adesina, via Facebook.