By Oduyemi Odumade
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, says Africa is at the receiving end of climate change.
Kalu made the remark, while contributing to the general debate on the “Parliamentary Action for Peace, Justice, and Strong institutions (SDG 16)” at the Thursday session of the ongoing 147th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Luanda, Angola.
The Deputy Speaker, who emphasised the need for developed countries of the world to assist the continent in overcoming climate change challenges, disclosed that the National Assembly in Nigeria passed the climate change bill into law to ensure that global standards were met.
He disclosed that Nigeria has experienced a number of challenges in recent years, including insurgency in the North East, environmental degradation and underdevelopment in the Niger Delta, as well as agitations in the South East.
Kalu however, stated that proactive steps have been taken through the establishment of the Northeast Development Commission, Niger Delta Development Commission with other bills such as the South East Development Commission which is a work in progress to address the issues.
He decried the violence in Sudan where the absence of self-counsel and wisdom had led to utter destruction of the nation and more recently, the avoidable devastation of lives and property in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza.
The Deputy Speaker therefore urged global leaders to find solutions rather than trading blames.
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Blessing Nyor