NEWS TABLE

NEWS TABLE

ABUJA—PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari
 is expected to join 50 other world leaders tomorrow in the One Planet Summit in Paris, France. The summit, jointly organised by the United Nations, the World Bank Group, and the French government, in partnership with non-governmental organisations concerned about reversing the negative effects of climate change, such as Bloomberg Philanthropies, holds at the eco-friendly La Seine Musicale, situated on the picturesque Seguin Island in western Paris.
President Buhari
A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, explained that the main focus of the summit, with the theme, “Climate Change Financing,” according to the organisers, will be to innovatively pool public and private finance “to support and accelerate our common efforts to fight climate change.”
It further stated that while recognising that all countries were affected by the effects of climate change under “One Planet”, some more vulnerable, the summit seeks for tangible collective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Before heading for the Summit venue, President Buhari will attend a lunch hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France for Heads of State and Governments at the Elysee Palace.
President Buhari and other world leaders and participants will make presentations under four sub-themes, including scaling-up finance for climate action; greening finance for sustainable business; accelerating local and regional Climate action; and strengthening policies for ecological and inclusive transition.
It will be recalled that while signing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 22, 2016, President Buhari had said it “demonstrated Nigeria’s commitment to global efforts to reverse the effects of the negative trend.”
He followed that significant step by signing the Instrument of Ratification of the Paris Agreement on March 28, 2017, at State House, Abuja, making Nigeria the 146th party to the Paris Treaty.
It became binding on the country effective June 15, 2017, one month after the submission of the Ratification instrument to the United Nations on May 16, 2017 by Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande.
The participation of Nigeria’s delegation at the One Planet Summit will reinforce the country’s commitment to realising the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
The President, who will depart for Paris on today (Monday), accompanied by the governors of Adamawa, Kano and Ondo States, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Environment, will return to Abuja on Thursday


Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, 

On Sunday, scored the Federal Government very poor in terms of addressing poverty in the nation.Okorocha said 89 percent of Nigerians were not happy, noting that the vital expect of human existence had not been addressed in the country.
Governor Okorocha disclosed this in a statement in Owerri, through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, when officers of the Nigeria Air Force led by the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command, AVM Sampson Akpasa visited him, at Government House.
On the governor’s scorecard for the Federal Government, according to the statement, Governor Rochas Okorocha had said 89 percent of Nigerians were not happy in the real sense of the word happiness and that only four percent could really be said to be happy to some extents, while seven percent might claim to be happy, adding that the vital aspect of human existence which is happiness must be addressed.
“Let me commend the Nigeria Air Force for the good job they are doing in this country, especially their fight against insurgency and, currently, what is happening in Numan and all the efforts they are making to restore peace in that area. I’m particularly proud of you.
“Agitation comes up when people are not happy and the whole essence of life is to be happy.
“For this reason, I will advise the Air Force to, just as I have done recently, which most people didn’t understand, create a department for Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment.
“This will help to address the need of even junior officers, who may have some forms of dissatisfaction in the discharge of their duties. Sometimes you may think that they are happy when they are not and this sabotages the efforts of the Federal Government.”
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