The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon Benjamin Kalu, says Africa is at the receiving end of climate change.
Kalu made the remark, while contributing to the general debate on the “Parliamentary action for peace, justice, and strong institutions (SDG 16)” at the Thursday session of the ongoing 147th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Luanda, Angola.
The Deputy Speaker, who emphasized the need for the developed countries of the world to assist the continent in overcoming climate change challenges, disclosed that the National Assembly in Nigeria has passed the climate change bill into law to ensure that global standards were met.
“In response to the partnership for climate action, Nigeria has passed the Climate Change Act meant to ensure that global standards are met. To live up to the spirit and letter of our dream on climate Change. Developed countries must come to the assistance of Africa who are at receiving end of Climate Change.”
He disclosed that Nigeria has experienced a number of challenges in recent years, including the insurgency in the North East, environmental degradation and underdevelopment in the Niger Delta, as well as agitations in the South East.
Kalu however, stated that proactive steps have been taken for the enactment of Northeast Development commission, Niger Delta Development Commission with other bills such as the south east development commission which is a work in progress as a way of addressing the issues.
Decrying the violence in Sudan where the absence of self-counsel and wisdom has led to utter destruction of the nation and more recently, the avoidable devastation of lives and property in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza, the Deputy Speaker urged global leaders to find solutions rather than trading blames.