Abuja — The Senate yesterday read for the third time a bill seeking to establish the National Climate Change Commission as a statutory body and to vest it with the responsibility to regulate, coordinate policies and actions on climate change in Nigeria and to set up a National Carbon Market Scheme in addition to tackling the effect of global warming and its impact on Nigeria.
Senators unanimously passed the bill after a clause by clause consideration of the report of its committee on Environment and Ecology which held a public hearing to gather more information and input on the bill from experts and cross section of Nigerians.
Sponsored by Senator Mohammed Kabiru Jibril (PDP, Kaduna Central), the commission when fully establish is expected to address all issues of environmental pollution, erosion, deforestation, desertification and effects of climate change on Nigerian dues to depletion of the ozone layers.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the bill was passed Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology Grace Folashade Bent (PDP, Adamawa South) said, "We have achieved a major landmark in our effort to tackle the menace of climate change in Nigeria."
Senator Bent said without the commission Nigeria will not be able to access international aid and grant to be paid third world nations by countries that have the highest emission of green house gases and said, "we can now go and negotiate with them and bargain since we have a laid down structure."
The bill stipulates that 10 percent of Ecological Funds and certain percentage of funds from the Consolidated Revenue Account will be given to the commission for the discharge of its duties.
The Commission will comprise of the department of Multilateral and Bilateral Programmmes, Statistics, Planning, Research and Policies, Administration and Services, Vulnerability, Adaptation and Mitigation, Monitoring and Regulation.