Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday signed the Climate Change bill into law. This was made public by the president’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
According to Mr Shehu, the Climate Change Act owes its origin to a bill sponsored by a member of the House of Representatives, Sam Onuigbo, and provides for, among other things, the mainstreaming of climate change actions and the establishment of a National Council on Climate Change.
The Act also also paves the way for environmental and economic accounting and a push for a net zero emission deadline plan in the country.
The president had earlier made a commitment during the world leaders summit of the just concluded United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, in Glasgow, UK that Nigeria will cut its carbon emission to net-zero by 2060.
On Thursday, the president also signed the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (Amendment) Act into law.
The AMCOM Act provides for the extension of the tenor of the Resolution Cost Fund and grants access to the Special Tribunal established by the Banks and other Financial Institutions Act 2020, which confers on the corporation the power “to take possession, manage, foreclose or sell, transfer, assign or otherwise deal with the asset or property used as security for eligible bank assets and related matters.’’
“This, in effect, will help AMCON make recoveries and for debtors to fulfil their commitments to banks,” Mr Shehu concluded.