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Ebonyi govt seeks council approval for climate change law

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In a bid to reduce global warming, pollution and transition to a clean energy economy, Ebonyi State government has move to enact a law on climate change.

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Climate Change, Dr. (Mrs.) Obinuju Aloh presented the draft bill to the State Executive Council for approval.

She explained that the main objective of the bill is to use legislation to reduce exposure or sensitivity to climate change hazards.

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Aloh noted that the law will focus on but not limited to adaptation, building frameworks for promoting enabling green growth as well as building a climate resilient society through attainment of set targets.

She noted that the law would ensure that issues of climate change are taken into consideration in carrying out development and planning in virtually all sectors in the state.

“Since climate change is linked to many other Issues like agriculture, food production, health infrastructure and others, the law when passed will equally mainstream climate change into all aspects of development and planning in the state”, she explained.

She also noted that the law provides for funding disaster management and climate change adaptation.

“Ebonyi is the first State to have a draft Bill on Climate change and this shows that the Governor and the state government is serious and committed to climate change issues,” she added.

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