Connect with us

Headline

Climate Change: Buhari Lists Measures As Nigeria Scales Down On Emissions

Published

on

President Muhammadu Buhari has restated Nigeria’s commitment for a safer and healthier global climate.

He said measures include the elimination of kerosene lighting by 2030, increase in use of buses for public transport and reduction in burning of crop residues.

Advertisement

Buhari spoke on Friday during a virtual meeting, hosted by United States President Joe Biden.

The party was the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF).

The Nigerian leader recalled that the updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was submitted to replace the interim contribution of May 27, 2021.

Advertisement

READ ALSO: Oyedepo Lambasts Buhari Govt, Says Most Wicked, Corrupt Regime In Nigeria’s History

Buhari said it covers the waste sector which would contribute to the reduction of Nigeria’s Greenhouse Gas emissions.

He confirmed that the government lowered the NDC from 45 percent to 47 percent conditionally, and 20 percent unconditionally below business-as-usual.

Advertisement

Buhari said Nigeria is also seeking to deliver 20 percent GreenHouse Gas emission reductions and enhanced removals equivalent to approximately 74.2 Metric tons of Carbon Dioxide by 2030.

The President further mentioned ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase out Hydro-fluoro-carbon emissions.

Buhari said his administration approved Nigeria’s Sustainable Energy for All Action Agenda in 2016, which has a target of almost tripling generation capacity in the next decade, to reach a total of 30 Gigawatt by 2030.

Advertisement

Thirty percent is expected to be generated from renewable resources, with almost half of this provided by medium and large hydro.

“The Clean Energy Transport Scheme in major Nigerian cities involves the introduction of compressed natural gas for buses in public transport.

“Nigeria is aware that its heavy dependence on fossil fuel makes the country vulnerable in a world that has a target to reduce or even eliminate fossil fuel”, he added.

Advertisement

READ ALSO: Buhari Hosts Tinubu At Aso Rock After Clinching Presidential Ticket

Advertisement
Advertisement
Comments

Headline

Why 30 Nigerians Were Deported From UK

Published

on

By

A flight chartered by the United Kingdom Government, carrying at least 30 Nigerians and eight Ghanaians landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, today.

This came as the U.K. announced a “major new agreement” with Nigeria to collaborate on migration issues, following similar arrangements with Ghana and Rwanda.

Advertisement

U.K. Home Office, responsible for migration issues, stated that the flight carried also eight Ghanaians.

The flight is operated by Portuguese charter carrier Hi Fly.

Typically, a deportation order is made when a foreign national is convicted of an offence and sentenced to, at least, 12 months.

Advertisement

It is unclear why exactly the people on the plane were deported, though the Home Office described 11 of those removed as “foreign national offenders” and 10 as “immigration offenders.”

There was no available information about why the remaining deportees were deported.

Vanguard gathered that over 10,000 people had been deported from the U.K. between January 2019 and May 2022.

Advertisement

READ ALSO: JUST IN: Edo Govt Closes Nigerian Observer newspaper

Earlier, protestors gathered outside the female-only Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre in northern England to register their concern. The protestors demonstrated and shouted pro-refugee slogans as a bus, believed to have been carrying some of the deportees, left the center. Several protestors were arrested,

It has been reported that among those slated for deportation on the flight were mothers and grandmothers, many of whom had been in the country for decades, as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community who had been seeking asylum in the U.K. One gay Nigerian man believed (though not confirmed) to have been on the flight had previously told the Guardian he feared for his life if returned to Nigeria.

Advertisement

The government has repeatedly come under fire for allegedly deporting people to situations where they face grave danger, as well as taking steps to speed up the removal process, which critics say pose “grave human rights violations.”

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The U.K. only ever returns individuals to their country of origin when the Home Office and, where applicable, the courts deem it is safe to do so. All asylum and human rights claims are carefully considered in accordance with our international obligations.

“Each individual assessment is made against the background of relevant caselaw and the latest country information.”

Advertisement

Continue Reading

Headline

War: ‘You’re Doing Great Job, Thank You,’ Biden Tells Turkish President

Published

on

By

US President, Joe Biden, on Wednesday, thanked his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for allowing Finland and Sweden to join NATO.

I want to particularly thank you for what you did, putting together the situation with regard to Finland and Sweden, and all the incredible work you’re going to try to get the grain out of … Ukraine,” Biden told Erdoğan during the NATO summit in Madrid.

Advertisement

Turkey had initially kicked against the two nations joining NATO but later gave its green light to the move.

“You’re doing a great job,” Biden added.

Also Turkey has been in discussions with President Vladimir Putin’s side about exporting grain from Ukraine.

Advertisement

The Turkish President Erdoğan said he hopes diplomacy will help to get grain out of Ukraine.

“I pray that we’ll be able to re-establish the balance through diplomacy in order to cultivate positive results, especially with regards to the grain,” Erdoğan told Biden.

READ ALSO: War: Syria Recognises Two Ukrainian Regions As Independent Nations

Advertisement

“The conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the negative developments with regards to taking grain out of Ukrainian ports, as well as the developments involving oil and natural gas, require all of us to work together in order to settle the disputes once and for all,” he added.

There are countries that are deprived of the grain and we will open corridors and we will allow them access to the grain that they so need,” he said.

Erdoğan said it gave him “great pleasure” to meet with Biden “after a long interval.”

Advertisement

Erdogan said that the two leader’s joint efforts mean that “we will be able to go back to our countries with our hands full.

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Headline

War: Syria Recognises Two Ukrainian Regions As Independent Nations

Published

on

By

Syria has decided to formally recognize the “independence and sovereignty of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.”

This is according to Syrian State News Agency, SANA, CBN reports.

Advertisement

“In an expression of the common will and the desire to establish relations in all sectors, the Syrian Arab Republic has decided to recognize the independence and sovereignty of both the Luhansk People’s Republic [LPR] and the Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR],” SANA reported, citing an official source in Syria’s foreign ministry.

READ ALSO: War: Spain Sends Clear Warning To Russia

“Communication with both countries will be established to agree on a framework for strengthening the relationships between our countries including initiating diplomatic relationships based on the established (diplomatic) rules,” the foreign ministry source added, according to SANA.

Advertisement

This makes Syria the only other country aside from Russia, to formally recognize the independence of the breakaway regions.

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Trending