“Nigeria’s National Action Plan to Reduce SLCPs is an ambitious plan that can deliver real health benefits to Nigerians through improved air quality, while helping Nigeria meet its international climate change commitment” said Dr Peter Tarfa, Director, Climate Change Department, Federal Ministry of Environment. “The Federal Executive Council is made up of all Ministers. The significance of the Council’s endorsement is that it shows there is strong support across Government to take actions that have multiple benefits, for climate change, air pollution, human health and sustainable development. This will be essential for the plan to be effectively implemented.”
The National Action Plan was developed in Nigeria as a collaborative process involving all relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
“The engagement of stakeholders from across Government throughout the development of the plan was essential. The Action Plan targets multiple sectors and it is the sectoral MDAs that will be responsible for its implementation, and the Ministry of Budget and National Planning that are responsible for public finances”, said Asmau Jibril, from the Climate Change Department.
The actions included in the National Action Plan include regulation and enforcement of vehicle emission standards, switching to cleaner fuels for cooking, eliminating gas flaring, reducing emissions from crop burning and livestock, and eliminating consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
Nigeria is one of 12 countries that is developing a National SLCP Action Plan as part of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Supporting National Action & Planning (SNAP) Initiative. The planning process in each country identifies the most effective actions that can be taken to simultaneously reduce air pollution and mitigation climate change.
“Nigeria has provided an excellent example of how national SLCP planning can engage a wide range of stakeholders due to the multiple air quality, climate and sustainable development benefits of the actions identified.” said Helena Molin Valdés, head of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat. “The political endorsement of this plan is a major milestone and we look forward to see the progress made in Nigeria as the planning phase transitions to implementation”.