AACJ partners ministry to address climate injustice in Africa

The Africa Activists for Climate Justice (AACJ) in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria are to partner with the Federal Ministry of Environment in order to address climate injustice in Africa.

The group, led by the Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, Wouter Plomp, made this disclosure during a courtesy visit to the ministry in Abuja, adding that the collaboration with Nigeria will effectively drive climate justice, climate policies, climate actions, climate mobilization as well as climate awareness in the continent of Africa.

The Minister of Environment, Dr Iziaq Salako, who was speaking during the visit stated that the ministry ready to partners with any stakeholders on the solution to climate change challenges, which Nigeria is one of the 10th vulnerable in the World in terms of advent effect.

He said whatever government is doing, we must engaged with the people. We want to talk to the people and the people to talk to the government as well. Let government knows what the people are doing and the people also to know what government is doing; with that we can progress.

The minister added that you cannot separate health from the issue of climate change problem , because using charcoals and firewood is a serious one that affect human beings.

Dr Salako thanked the Ambassador of Netherland who lead the AACJ and the Activists to his office in Nigeria saying, that action of the CSOs can never be over emphasized.

He urged government and the people to be serious and take action about the Act been passed by the National Assembly because it is not about the act alone but how to go with it.

In his Earlier, Project Coordinator of the African Activists for Climate Justice (AACJ) for OXFAM, Mr. Kenneth Akpan, lamented that Africa suffers more with regards to the effects of climate change even though its contributions to climate degradation is less than 3%

He said that the programmes of group in Africa worth 50 million Euros which has been proposed by the Dutch government, which have recorded a lot of successes, including Nigeria.

He noted that the AACJ project’s aim is to amplify the voices of vulnerable individuals, particularly women, youths, Communities and those with disabilities, in dealing with climate change impacts.

He therefore called on the Minister of State Environment to join in driving the projects of mobilizing communities, creating awareness of climate change effects.

“There is need for Africa to be at the table when decisions are being made around climate change and also bring together the CSO communities, youth, women groups to form a platform where their voices will be heard,” he stressed.

On his part, the Head of Projects Management Unit, AACJ Consortium, Benson Simba, revealed that, Africa needs greater focus on adaptation.

He said Africa needs greater focus on adaptation and we think the Nairobi declaration missed to address adaptation.

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