The Governor of Akwa Ibom State Nigeria Mr. Udom Emmanuel has presented his Strategic Roadmap to Sustainable Green Development of Akwa Ibom State to foreign investors at the sideline of the on-going United Nations Climate Change Conference holding in Marrakesh, Morocco otherwise known as Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22).
Speaking at the event, His Excellency, the Governor stated that his administration is taking climate change issues very seriously because of the States location as a coastal state in Nigeria.
According to him, Akwa Ibom States location in Nigeria as a coastal state with a high population density and primary dependence on agriculture and oil, increases the risk factors as regards the impacts of global climate change.
The Governor also used the occasion to highlight his five-point agenda to the international audience to include job creation, poverty alleviation, Economic and political inclusion, wealth creation and infrastructural consolidation and expansion which according to him, is in line with the implementation strategy of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and Nigeria’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC).
Also speaking at the event, the Honourable Minister of Environment, Amina J. Mohammed, represented by Dr. Peter Y.Tarfa, Director of the Climate Change Department, commended Akwa Ibom State Government for keying into the global climate change agenda. He stated that the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Environment remains committed to supporting the State in the implementation of the roadmap.
Dr. Iniobong Essien, the immediate past Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Akwa Ibom State who gave an overview of the Roadmap, explained that the Akwa Ibom State Roadmap for Sustainable Green and Resilient Economic Development covers
the strategies, mechanisms and projects that the State will implement along with intellectual, material and financial resources that will be needed to configure and foster low carbon and high growth economic development while building a climate-resilient society.
Dr. Essien stated that the Roadmap assesses the green development opportunities and challenges in Akwa Ibom State, determines the optimal pathways to green development of the State given its five-point socio-economic agenda as well as determine the catalog of initiatives in terms of programmes and projects in various socio-economic sectors that satisfy local needs while maintaining consistence with Nigeria’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) and other Clean Development Agreements.
In attendance at the side event were the Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government Sir Etekamba Umoren, Elder Ufot Ebong senior special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters and Due process, Unyime Robinson Consultant to the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources on Climate Change, Dr. Ubong Harrison State Coordinator Akwa Ibom State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project and other Nigerian and foreign delegates attending the conference.
Meanwhile, the technical presentation of the Roadmap and documentary of the climate change impacts in the State is scheduled for Thursday at Salle 2, Africa Pavilion with speakers to include the Honourable Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohamed, Professor Anthony Nyong of African Development Bank, Professor Emmanuel Oladipo, Dr. Peter Tarfa, and the immediate past commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Iniobong Essien.