By Ismaila Chafe
Abuja, Oct. 2, 2020 The Presidency says Nigeria has become the 144th country to ratify the Doha Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, who confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Instrument of Ratification on Friday in Abuja.
”President Muhammadu Buhari, on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, signed the Instrument of Ratification at Abuja, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020,” he said.
The excerpts from the Instrument with the president’s signature and seal of the Federal Republic of Nigeria read:
”I, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, do hereby formally declare that the Federal Republic of Nigeria accepts the aforementioned Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and undertakes faithfully to perform and carry out the stipulations therein contained.”
A total of 144 of the 192 signatory countries need to submit their formal acceptance of the Amendment for it to enter into force.
Confirming Nigeria’s endorsement of the climate treaty, Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary, UNFCCC, tweeted:
”An incredible milestone! With 144 parties now signed, the Doha amendment enters into force. This is fantastic news for our process @UNFCCC towards #ClimateAction. Many thanks Nigeria @MBuhari for your ratification!”