The presidency has dismissed rumours that it sponsored over 1000 delegates to represent Nigeria at COP28 in Dubai
According to a series of posts shared by the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, it was stated that while some individuals funded their trips, they had to register as Nigeria’s delegates.
Addressing the growing concerns and clarifying the facts, a media aide to the President, Temitope Ajayi penned an article titled “Nigeria at COP28: Separating The Facts From Fiction.”
Ajayi sought to provide clarity and dispel misconceptions regarding Nigeria’s representation at the ongoing Climate Summit in Dubai, emphasizing the nature and significance of COP gatherings.
Ajayi wrote; “The number of delegates from Nigeria attending the ongoing Climate Summit in Dubai otherwise called COP28 has generated a lot of controversies and strong social media conversations in the last 24 hours.
“To begin with, the Summit is tagged COP which means Convention of Parties. The ongoing Summit in Dubai with over 97,000 delegates from more than 100 countries around the world is the 28th in the series since the issue of climate change and action took preeminent stage in global affairs.
“When the world comes together to take actions on achieving a common goal and proffer collective solutions to a nagging global concern, there are parties involved from government, private sector, civil society, media and multilateral institutions.
“In Nigeria like so many other countries, interested parties comprising government officials from both the Federal and sub-national governments, business leaders, environmentalists, climate activists and journalists are present in Dubai.
“Many youth organizations from Nigeria especially from the Northern and Niger-Delta regions whose lives and livelihoods are most impacted by desert encroachment and hydrocarbon activities are also represented.
“The President of Ijaw Youth Council, Jonathan Lokpobiri, leads a pan-Ijaw delegation of more than 15 people who registered as parties from Nigeria.
“Their participation is very important. It is not for jamboree as it is being mischievously represented on social media.”