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Nigeria, EU urge action on climate change

A one-day Nigeria-EU summit on Climate change ended yesterday with officials of  Nigeria and the European Union (EU) urging  global agreement on Climate Change Summit scheduled for December in Copenhagen, Denmark.

A  communiqué  of the  summit stated that there was the need to reach an effective, equitable and ambitious global agreement at the summit.
“The world must rally around the two degrees centigrade target, take bold steps and decidedly embark on a low carbon development path,” the communiqué said.

It added that Nigeria is among the African countries most vulnerable to the adverse effects of the climate change.

“Reducing gas flaring, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions is of common interest,” it said.

On energy security, the two parties agreed that the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline Project was important to diversify routes, adding that the EU imported 20 and 80 percent of Nigeria’s oil and gas respectively.

The communiqué said Nigeria’s drive to explore renewable energy was encouraging, adding that it would herald the possibility of meeting the ever growing domestic demand through environmentally sustainable means.

The communiqué commended Nigeria for exerting its regional leadership in the promotion of peace and democracy, culminating in its election as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

“The sanctions imposed by ECOWAS on Guinea and Niger Republics are timely and enacted under the understanding that they will reinforce and complement other actions aimed at restoring democracy in those countries,” it stated.

The communiqué also said the success recorded by Nigeria through the amnesty offered to militants in the Niger Delta region.

“The offer is accompanied by a disposition of the Government of Nigeria to continue engaging in a process of Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDR),” the communiqué said.

According to the communiqué, there is firm commitment by the EU to continue in regular and structured dialogue with Nigeria on Migration and Development.

It pointed out that the Nigerian side emphasized on the need to continue to ensure humane outlook to the issue of migration rather than criminalizing it.

The EU commended Nigeria on the efforts made to reform vital sectors of the polity, economy and the society including the ongoing implementation of President Umaru Yar’Adua’s Seven Point Agenda.

Other efforts, the EU said, were the approval of the Vision 20:20:20 and the ongoing efforts at Electoral Reform.