Saraki leads NASS delegation to Paris Conference on environment

Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 4 December 2015 | 2,806 times

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Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki on Thursday led a delegation of the National Assembly to Paris, France, to attend two conferences of Parliamentarians from across the world on how to save the environment.

According to a statement signed by Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, the delegation which included members from both the Senate and House of Representatives also include Senators Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Monsurat Sunmonu, Athan Nneji Achonu, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi and Murtala Nyako. Also in the delegation are Hon. Onuigbo Samuel, chairman of the Committee on Climate Change in the House of Representatives, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Innocent Onah, Senior Special Adviser on Partnership and NGOs, Ibrahim Yakubu, Special Assistant, legal and commercial law as well as Ibrahim Yakubu, special assistant on Information Technology.

The delegation will participate in both the Globe COP 21 Legislators Summit which will hold inside the National Assembly of France from December 4-5 and the Parliamentary Meeting on the Occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the French Parliament between December 5 and 6.

Eminent parliamentarians like Graham Stuart from Britain, Jean-Paul Chanteguet, President of the Committee on Sustainable Development, Town and Country Planning in the French National Assembly, Segolene Royal, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Affairs Minister and Senator Jorge Viana, Vice President of the Brazillian Senate will be guest speakers at the Globe COP21 Summit.

The Nigerian Senate President will chair a session on December 5 with the theme: ‘Developments in National Legislation on Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Energy and Sustainable Development - Towards Integrated National Planning on the 2015 Agenda.’

Speakers slated to address the theme to be chaired by Dr. Saraki are Senator Ed Markey, Chair of the US Senate on Climate Change Clearinghouse, Ms Claude Adriano Lopez Moreno, former chair of the Environment Committee of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, Senator Jorge Viana, Vice President of the Brazilian Senate, Hon. Rep. Suzan Yap, Vice Chairman of the Special Committee on Climate Change and the Foreign Affairs, House of Commons, UK, Hon. Jairam Ramesh, former Indian Minister of Environment and Forests and Dr. Kennedy Graham, President Globe, New Zealand.

The IPU session will be attended by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, Mr. Claude Bartolone, President of the French National Assembly, Gerarde Larche, President of the French Senate, Laurent Fabius, French Minister of foreign affairs, Mr. Arnold Schwarzeneger, prominent US actor turned politician and Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.

The delegation is expected back home on Monday.

•Photo shows Dr Saraki.

Source: News Express

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