Journalism in the service of society

FG funded 422 delegates to COP28 summit – Minister

THE Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris has stated that the Federal Government has funded 422 people to attend the ongoing COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The minister revealed this in a statement today following a dispute over 1,411 Nigerian registered delegates at the summit.

President Bola Tinubu left Abuja for Dubai on November 29, 2023, for the summit, which is scheduled to end on December 12, 2023.

The number of Nigerian representatives at the summit, which placed second only to China, has subsequently sparked controversy, with many Nigerians on social media criticizing the government for being “insensitive” to their economic woes caused by the withdrawal of petrol subsidies in mid-2023.

Opposition political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP), had urged the administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to reveal the number of government-sponsored participants attending the Dubai summit.

The minister stated that “Nigeria’s representation is very much in line with our status as Africa’s leading Sovereign voice and player in climate action.”

According to the government, the Nigerian delegation includes government officials, private sector representatives, civil society, the voluntary sector, state governments, media, international organizations, representatives of marginalized populations, and many others.

“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 statement partly read.

“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’
The minister said Nigeria’s “active and robust participation at COP” was not “unwarranted” as the biggest economy and most populous country in Africa.

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

Comments are closed.

Naija Times