Buhari orders immediate review of Climate Change Act

President, Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, to review Nigeria’s Climate Change Act 2021.

According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari made these observations shortly before the kickoff of this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House, Abuja.

Highlighting the losses and damages caused by the recent increasing floods in several parts of the country as well in Pakistan, Bangladesh and other parts of East and Southern Africa, the President described climate change as one of the biggest challenges facing humanity.

Buhari premised his directive on the argument that the piece of regulation contained lapses including the huge cost and bureaucracy created by the establishment of states and Zonal offices.

Describing these “implementation challenges” as “unacceptable,” the President noted that the Act also takes out the Commissioners of Environments from the states as members of Council and did not make transitional provisions capturing the work of the Inter-ministerial Working Group.