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U.S. Embassy in Nigeria Vows to Address Challenges Associated with Visa Processing


U.S. Embassy in Nigeria Vows to Address Challenges Associated with Visa Processing

Nigeria showcased its Long Term Development Strategy (LT-LEDS) during COP 28 in Dubai, marking a significant stride towards its ambition of achieving a net-zero carbon economy by 2060, as highlighted by Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development at the Federal University, Ebonyi.

The unveiling ceremony, held at the esteemed African Pavilion in the Blue Zone, drew dignitaries and delegates from various nations. Dr. Eugene Itua, Executive Director of Natural Eco-Capital, moderated the event, emphasizing the organization’s role in coordinating the LT-LEDS development.

Okereke underscored the LT-LEDS’s origin under the Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment, concluding with the support of the National Council on Climate Change. Dr. Salisu Dahiru, Director-General of NCCC, expressed pride in Nigeria’s inauguration of LT-LEDS, emphasizing its role in fostering sustainable development and a climate-resilient economy.

Minister of Environment, Mr. Balarabe Lawal, represented by Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), hailed the LTS as a crucial milestone in Nigeria’s commitment to the net-zero pledge made at COP26. He urged international partners to aid LT-LEDS implementation, aligning with global trends and the Paris Agreement.

Pablo Vieria, Global Director of the NDC Partnership, praised Nigeria’s leadership in developing a decarbonization strategy, urging adoption of LT-LEDS and pledging partnership cooperation. Ms. Mathide Bord-Laurans from the French Development Agency applauded Nigeria’s LT-LEDS inauguration, affirming the bank’s commitment to supporting associated investments.

Richard Baron, Executive Director of the 2050 Pathways Platform, expressed joy at assisting Nigeria in LT-LEDS design, lauding the collaboration of stakeholders involved in its creation. Director-General of NCCC, Dahiru, emphasized the need for practical investments from the identified projects, calling for the creation of an LT-LEDS Implementation Plan and capital mobilization.

Chioma Amudi from NCCC highlighted that translating LT-LEDS into investments requires financial support, effective stakeholder engagement, and robust institutions. Deputy Chairman House Committee on Environment, Hon. Terseer Ugbor, pledged parliamentary support for LT-LEDS implementation, affirming a collective commitment to the strategy’s success.


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