The Connected Development (CODE) has planned to sponsor five Nigerian youths to participate at the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP27).
The Conference is starting from Nov. 7 to Nov. 18 in Egypt.
Mr Hamzat Lawal, the Chief Executive Officer, CODE, said this at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.
Lawal said that the sponsorship was through CODE’s Ewah Eleri Climate Justice Fellowship.
He said that the fellowship was in honour of Ewah Eleri, climate change activist, aimed at providing opportunities for young Nigerians to join world leaders in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt for the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP27).
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the beneficiaries comprised of three journalists and two environmental activists.
The beneficiaries include; Mr Etta Bisong, Abuja Bureau Chief, EnviroNews, Mrs Gift Samuel, Editor, The SightNews and Mr Samuel Nwokike, a Mass Communication graduate of University of Nigeria(UNN) Nsukka.
Others were Mr Gregory Odogwu, an Environmental Columnist at Punch Newspaper and Ms Hyeladzira Mshelia, a Climate Change Activist and Programmes Associate with CODE.
The Chief Executive Officer said that COP was the supreme decision-making forum of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
This year, the UN Climate Negotiations (COP27) will be held in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from Nov. 7 to Nov 18.
This conference could be a chance to turn the Glasgow outcome into action, through implementing climate change adaptation, mitigation, and financial strategies, he said.
He also said that many young people in Nigeria were being lost because they were not given opportunities.
According to Lawal, Ewah Eleri has continued to show transitional leadership and build the next generation of climate justice leaders.
Eleri embodies values that talk about service for community and environment and this is one of his legacy that I build upon. He is an example of a godfather.
He also said he believe that Eleri is a model of mentorship where people should come and learn, he added that they are working to ensure they start a mentorship in his honour but I felt we should first start this Fellowship in his honour.
Furthermore, Lawal said that CODE was committed to sending at least five people every year to all the COP meetings to support the government, civil society, private sector and the international community on the issues of climate change.
Eleri, also the Executive Director, International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED), while speaking, lauded CODE for instituting the fellowship in his honour.
He also said that climate change was imposing a lot of challenges, not only on the environment but on livelihoods, economy and the chances for young people to have a sustainable future and hope in the country.
He added that the unprecedented climate crisis has seen 30 of the country’s 36 states submerged due to the 2022 flooding.
As the world gathers in Egypt for COP27, there is the need to seize this opportunity to turn the challenges of climate change to new opportunities by making it the climate of opportunities for our own people.
To identify ways to leverage on the energy transition from dirty fuel to renewable energy; and to build new resilience not only in our cities and rural areas but also in our people through education, sound healthcare, and training for young people.
We need to expand our view about how we address climate change, when we build resilience in the Nigerian people, then even the awareness of the environment also changes.
If we do it that way, we will reclaim the future so that climate change becomes climate change, not only for our livelihoods and the environment, but climate change for new opportunities for our people; We must act for climate. I am very proud of the legacy Hamzat Lawal is building, he said.