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Ekwueme Varsity Convenes Webinar on Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions and Post Covid-19 Recovery Plans

Dr. Oladunni Owo
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Climate policy experts, government officials and other critical stakeholders in energy sectors from Nigeria and the United States will come together in a virtual event to discuss how the Nigeria’s revised NDC and its post-COVID-19 recovery plans could be aligned to put the country on the path to just green transition.

The webinar entitled “Aligning Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions with the COVID-19 Recovery Plan”, is being organised by the Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCCD), Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (AEFUNAI), Ebonyi State, in partnership with World Resources Institute (WRI). It will hold on Thursday, February 25th, 2021 at 4pm to 5.30pm West African Time (WAT).

The webinar is part of a project aimed at injecting independent critical analysis into, and increasing public engagement and awareness, in the revision process of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) due for submission later this year.

The aim of the webinar, according to the Director of the Centre, Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, is for global experts will explore the ways in which Nigeria’s revised NDC and its post-COVID-19 economic stimulus (the NESP) could be more closely connected so that they can reinforce each other and help put the country on the path to just green transition.

Commenting on the forthcoming webinar, the Director, CCCD AEFUNAI, Professor Chukwumerije says: I am looking forward to hosting top national and international experts to discuss how Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) can be more strongly aligned with the country’s Covid-19 Recovery Plan the Nigerian Economic and Sustainability Plan (NESP). “In assembling these highly respected, experienced and diverse panelists from across the world to share their thoughts on how the Nigeria’s NDC can be strongly connected to the country’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, CCCD AEFUNAI is delivering on its mandate to serve as a major think tank for facilitating research, awareness creation and advocacy for sound climate and development policies and practices in Nigeria. Also recommendations from the webinar would be documented and submitted to relevant government agencies for actions and implementations.

According to Professor Okereke, “The main presentation will draw from how the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the Post COVID-19 Economic stimulus can reinforce each other to set Nigeria on the path of a just green transition towards meeting its NDC contribution, a commissioned short analytical piece by the Center for Climate Change and Development as part of the project on providing independent critical analysis and input into the revision process of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) which is due for submission later this year.

The webinar will feature James James Okeuhie, an experienced senior Climate Specialist, David Watskow, Director of World Resources Institute’s International Climate Initiative,  Mario Finch, Research analyst on International Climate Action Climate Program, World Resources Institute, Dayo Adesina, Director of the Project on Gas Expansion. Office of the Vice-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Oladunni  Owo, National President of Women in Energy (oil and gas) and Hon Sam Onuigbo,  Former Chairman House of Rep Committee on Climate Change, and Vice President (Africa) GLOBE International, as panelists while Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, Director, CCCD AEFUNAI, is the host and facilitator.

The webinar is part of the webinar series under “Promoting critical analysis of, and stakeholders’ engagement with the revision of Nigeria’s NDC,” a project being undertaken by the CCCD AEFUNAI, with support from the WRI.

The one-year initiative that commenced from July 2020 will, according to Project Coordinator, Professor Okereke, help to widen the horizon of the discourse and compliment the current government led NDC revision process.

Chinedu Jude Nwasum

Communication Officer, CCCD AEFUNAI

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