By Rotimi Ajayi
Britain has announced £150 million package to help Nigeria develop low emission urban transportation system as the on-going climate change conference entered high level negotiation segment Tuesday.
British Minister of State for Climate Change, Mr. Gregory Barker, made the announcement of the aids package, Tuesday, when he had a bilateral meeting with the Nigerian Minister of Environment, Mrs Hadiza Ibrahim.
According to officials at the meeting, the £150 million package is part of the total financial packages already put together by the United Kingdom to support adaptation projects in Africa.
The UK package is expected to reach 2.9 billion pounds in the next couple of years.
It was learnt that during yesterday’s meeting, Mrs Ibrahim underscored the importance of the need for the world not to delay any further on a concrete climate agreement that will lead to remarkable emission cuts.
She was said to have told the UK Minister that Nigeria had high stakes in terms of loss and damages to the impacts of climate change if there should be a failure at the Durban meeting.
A source quoted the minister to have said: “We have 23% of our arable land lost to desertification thereby affecting food security while unpredictable pattern of rainfall has subjected a whole region of the country to huge gully erosion.
“We must do something. The impact of climate change in Nigeria are indeed index of insecurity. And this is why we are anxious to have positive agreement here.
“It is obligatory now more than ever before because disasters are aggravating. Nigeria is witnessing this already as there are floods everywhere and we are faced with this dumping of electronic waste in our country.”