The Nigeria Climate Change Response Programme (NCCRP) held its first Project Steering Committee meeting on the 9th of December 2021 at the Barcelona Hotel, Abuja.
The Steering Committee meeting aims to contribute to effective programme implementation and enhance its impact, facilitate the collaboration, enhance formation transfer and results uptake.
The Steering Committee meeting followed an agenda that started with a speech by the Director of the Department of Climate Change (DCC), Dr Iniobong Abiola-Awe.
Welcoming the participants at the meeting, Dr Awe commended them for their continuous interest, energy and participation in the programme. She reminded the committee members of their role of making directional decisions on various activities of the programme including producing ideas for strategy and problem solving.
Dr Awe, while concluding her remarks said, “I thank the European Union for your dedicated support and our key experts by encouraging you to participate in a spirit of collaboration and with a willingness to contribute to the successful implementation of the programme” In attendance at the meeting, chaired by Professor Emmanuel Oladipo, of the University of Lagos were representatives of the Contracting Authority, European Union Delegation, local implementing partners.
The main topics, which came up during the meeting included: the project background and administrative bodies, Terms of Reference of the Project Steering Committee and an overview of the programme implementation and challenges.
While acknowledging the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the implementation of the programme following its inception, Dr. Todd Ngara led the members of the Technical Assistance Team to catalogue the activities implemented so far across three key tasks of the programme: Monitoring, Verification and Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Solid Waste Management and Dissemination of Climate Change Knowledge.
Dr Ngara thereafter presented to the Committee a detailed list of activities planned for implementation during the year 2022.
Commenting on the meeting’s outcome, the Chairman of the Project Steering Committee, Professor Oladipo stressed the importance of reorienting the programme’s implementation to maximise its impact and reach beyond the current catchment areas of the Federal Capital Territory, Kano, and Ogun States.
The Nigeria Climate Change Response Programme is funded by the European Union and the Federal Government of Nigeria is the end beneficiary of the Project.
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