|Michel Arion, EU Ambassador to Nigeria and West Africa
The European Union, (EU) has urged the Federal Government to ensure that it fulfills its commitment to stop gas flaring by 2030.
Michel Arion, the EU Ambassador to Nigeria and West Africa, stated this on Thursday during a film presentation on Nigeria’s environmental and climatic challenges at the government House in Kaduna State.
Arion reiterated EU’s continuous support to Nigeria and other vulnerable developing countries in Africa to fight climate change.
While stating that a substantial amount of fund would be made available to tackle environmental pollution as gas flaring and deforestation, Arion expressed confidence that the reduction of gas flaring in and other environmental challenges would mitigate the effects of climate change in Nigeria.
In the Niger Delta region, gas flaring, oil spillage and ocean surge are also posing a major environmental and health challenge.
While population explosion has also led to increased quest for land farming and grazing of animals. In all these, Fishing, farming and other human activities are affected.
He also explained that climate change does not affect Africa alone but the entire universe, and that climate change is compatible with economic growth.
However, he stressed the need for the Government to come up with effective laws and policies to deal with environmental issues.
Meanwhile the Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai stressed the need for every citizen to understand the dangers of climate change and how to mitigate it.
The EU Ambassador also emphasized the need for Nigeria to improve its electricity supply which he says will reduce climate change.
Experts say that Nigeria accounts for one sixth of gas flaring in the world, and this they say is largely responsible for some health issues like cancer and leukemia.