By Ebere Orakpo
THE Federal GovernmentÂ Â Â has been called upon toÂ Â ensure that the Nigerian delegation to the United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen later this year, go prepared with a portfolio.
Making this call at a one day conference with the theme: Business Roundtable on Climate Change, a United States-based Nigerian consultant to the World Bank and president of Triple E Systems Inc., Mr. Felix Dayo, noted that in the past when Nigeria went to such forum, it was more of a jamboree and they usually returned with nothing to show for it.
Dayo who said the era of going to summits without an agenda is over, stressed that all hands must be on deck to ensure that Nigeria contributes to the final decisions. Citing Brazil as an example, he said the South American country is a force to reckon with at world fora because they come well prepared with their agenda, adding that they got that far because the countryâ€™s government made sure they appointed the most suitable people to head the various sectors in the overall interest of the country.
He pointed out that without an agenda, the country would just end up supporting other nations to push their own agenda forward, adding that a country like the USA would come fully prepared. Already, the US has set up various committees to study the different issues to be discussed at the summit with a view to coming up with what will be in the best interest of the nation.
The Triple â€˜Eâ€™ boss urged federal and state governments, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), as well as the private sector to be ready to sponsor people from various sectors including the academia, to such fora, people who can adequately represent the interest of the nation.
Presenting a paper on Carbon market and clean energy investment opportunities in Nigeria at the one day conference organised by the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development/Nigeria Climate Action Network (ICEED/NCAN) in Lagos recently, Dayo said Nigeria stands to gain tremendously by implementing Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, as it would â€œoffer a dual advantage of filling the yawning gap in our Power sector as well as improve economic earnings.â€