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COP28: Nigerian Government sponsors 422 delegates to Climate Summit in Dubai –Minister

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (2nd left) with German Scholz (right), Witnessing the Signing of Accelerated MoU on Implementation of Siemens Power Project in Nigeria, at COP28UAE, in Dubai

*Mohammed Idris, Minister for Information and National Orientation, says Nigeria’s ‘active and robust participation in COP28’ is expected as the biggest economy and most populous country in Africa, assuring the citizens that President Bola Tinubu, and other officials on the delegation are in Dubai for ‘serious business, not a jamboree’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to recent interrogation of the comparatively large  number delegates attending the summit from the country, the Federal Government of Nigeria has clarified it sponsored and funded 422 persons to the ongoing COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister for Information and National Orientation, disclosed this figure in a statement issued Monday, December 4, 2023.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu November 29, 2023, had departed Abuja for Dubai for the global billed to end December 12 this year.

Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister for Information and National Orientation

ConsumerConnect reports the Minister issued clarification in regard to a controversy trailing 1,411 Nigerian-registered delegates at the ongoing summit in the Arabian country.

Since the commencement of the Climate Summit, controversy reportedly has arisen, especially in connection with the sheer number of Nigerian delegates participating in the summit.

Mr. Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25 Election, and several other  Nigerians took to the social media space to accuse the government of being “insensitive” to their economic sufferings reportedly resulting from the removal of petrol subsidy and subsequent high inflationary trend in the economy since mid-2023.

It was learnt the opposition Peoples Democratic Party had also urged the All Progressives Congress-led government to release the number of government-sponsored delegates to the Dubai summit.

In providing “clarity” on the controversy, Idris, Minister for Information, however, stated that “Nigeria’s representation is very much in line with our status as Africa’s leading Sovereign voice and player in climate action.”

The statement further explained the Nigerian delegation include government officials, representatives from the private sector, civil society, the voluntary sector, state governments, media, multilateral institutions, representatives of marginalised communities, and many others.

Analysis of Nigerian delegates at COP28UAE, by Minister

The Minister for Information and National Orientation said: “It is imperative to point out that the overall Nigerian delegation to COP-28 comprises Government-sponsored (Federal and State Governments) and non-government-sponsored participants (from Private Companies, NGOs, CSOs, Media, academia, etc).

“The Federal Government-funded delegation is made up of a total of 422 persons, as follows:

  • National Council on Climate Change = 32
  • Federal Ministry of Environment = 34
  • All Ministries = 167
  • Presidency = 67
  • Office of the Vice President = 9
  • National Assembly = 40
  • Federal Parastatals/Agencies = 73.”

Tinubu in Dubai for serious business’

Lending credence in a way to an earlier clarification made by Mr. Temitope Ajayi, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Media and Publicity, in his recent published piece, the Minister also stated  that Nigeria’s “active and robust participation in COP” was not “unwarranted” as the biggest economy and most populous country on the African continent.

Idris assured Nigerians that President Tinubu, and other officials on the government’s delegation were in Dubai for “serious business, not a jamboree.”

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