A two-day meeting of the Nigerian Journalists for Climate Action Network (NIJOCAN) was held on the 24th and 25th February 2022 at the Golden Dabis Hotel, Keffi in Nasarawa State.

The meeting was a follow-up activity to the Capacity Building Workshop for selected Nigerian journalists earlier organized by the Nigeria Climate Change Response Programme (NCCRP) in March 2021. The workshop was intended to sharpen journalists’ skills in reporting and telling stories on climate change.

Standing in to deliver the Department of Climate Change (DCC) Director’s opening remarks was Mrs. Victoria Pwol, the Deputy Director and Head of the GHG Division.

Mrs. Victoria PWOL, DCC Deputy-Director & Head of GHG Division during the delivery of the opening remarks.

Welcoming participants to the meeting, the Director of the Department of Climate Change (DCC), Dr Iniobong Abiola-Awe commended the journalists for their enthusiasm and sustained interest in becoming allies of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s efforts of meeting its commitment to combat climate change challenges through awareness-raising.

In conclusion, Dr Abiola-Awe reminded the journalist of the urgency of achieving the meeting’s expected results while thanking Nigeria’s development partners, particularly the European Union for its unrelenting efforts towards ensuring the fulfilment of Nigeria’s conditional commitment to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 47 % come 2030.

Highlights of the meeting include the dissolution of the Interim Executive Committee followed by an election of a substantive Executive Committee that will steer the affairs of the Network for the next twelve months.

Members of the NIJOCAN pose for a group photograph

Before bringing deliberations to a close on the first day of the meeting, members of the NIJOCAN interacted with the staff of the Department of Climate Change to exchange views on Nigeria’s climate change priorities, challenges, and promising innovations to feed into the Network’s twelve-month Action Plan.

A cross-section of NIJOCAN members during the deliberations

In a communique issued and signed by the Chairman of the NIJOCAN, Mr Chuks Oyema from the Authority Newspaper, the Network agreed to a memorandum of understanding with the NCCRP to create the needed awareness on climate change through robust reporting and publication of the subject matter to alleviate poverty and promote climate change action, aimed at economic justice for Nigerians.

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