For a Safer Earth, Healthier Climate

Over 1,000 Participants Expected At HOMEF’s Presidential Town Hall

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

Over 1000 participants are expected to participate at the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) to hold February 7 in Abuja

Participants will be drawn from civil society organizations, the media, professional organizations, trade unions, students, and academia and are expected at the town hall.

The Town Hall tagged ’Presidential Town hall on Environment, Climate Change will be hosting the Town Hall Meeting with the Presidential candidates of political parties in the country focused on assessing Nigeria’s environment and climate change challenges in the context of policy options ahead of the 2023 elections.

HOMEF, a leading climate, and environment think tank in Nigeria and Africa, in collaboration with its partners We the People, Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), and the University of Abuja

The meeting, which will hold at the Main Auditorium, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Abuja is informed by the need for the environment and climate justice community and all Nigerians to assess and interrogate the plans and policies of the political parties in addressing the numerous environmental and climate crises bedeviling Nigeria.

In a statement signed by Nnimmo Bassey, Director of HOMEF, “while the well-being of the environment is a critical factor in a nation where most citizens depend directly on it for their existence, the issue has not been topical in the election conversation”.

“The challenges of climate change in Nigeria have intensified in recent years. Nigeria, being one of the most impacted frontline countries, has seen an accelerated rate of desertification, deforestation, and flooding, twin manifestations that have seriously threatened security, and food sufficiency. Similarly, the production of crude oil and gas has resulted in the profound destruction of the environment, especially in the Niger Delta. 12 years after the release of the United Nations Environment Programme report on the state of the Ogoni Environment, no significant action has been taken to remediate and curtail further oil pollution in the region.

The Town Hall Meeting has the objective of providing a platform for presidential candidates in the 2023 general elections in Nigeria to discuss their plans and strategies for addressing critical environmental and climate challenges facing the country with the Nigerian electorate.

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