The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Youth Leader, Hon Dayo Israel, has tasked the Global North on the need to show serious commitment to climate funding obligations in Africa if the continent must meet the goals set on emissions and other actions identified to address the problem of the harmful increase in the temperature of the planet.
He made the appeal during a session at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27) in Egypt where he interacted with other global representatives, including Western delegates, according to a statement on Tuesday.
He stressed the grave importance of addressing the challenge of climate change to protect the future of young people and achieve sustainable development.
Israel also decried “a situation where words have replaced action and those primarily responsible for the problem are dragging their feet on making the required investments for meaningful progress.
“Africa, including my home country, Nigeria, has contributed so little to this problem, but we are left to bear the worst brunt. We are witnessing record droughts, flooding and other environmental disasters all linked to the warming climate.
“On top of that, we are asked to sacrifice growth opportunities and neglect satisfying pressing national needs in the interest of the planet even if those making the demand, the same people with a more significant share of responsibility for the problem, are dodging their obligations, especially financing the gaps the shifts they are demanding will cause.”
Israel maintained that the APC appreciated the impact of climate change on the future and sustainable development, particularly as Nigeria continued to count the losses in the devastating floods witnessed in several parts of the country this year due primarily to worsening rainfall and weather conditions.
He said, “I have been to numerous states in Nigeria where climate change has resulted in devastating floods to witness, first-hand, the extent of the damage recorded. Many farmers have lost their means of livelihood and other families are now displaced because their homes are submerged in water. This is a challenge we take seriously as a ruling party in charge of the government. We understand that solving it is crucial to our ambition to guarantee our youths a safe and prosperous future.
Meanwhile, Israel has donated cash to victims of flood in Tunga, a community in Awe LGA of Nasarawa State.