July 20, 2024

President Tinubu appoints new leadership for national council on climate change


President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Nkiruka Maduekwe as the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC) in an interim capacity, pending the confirmation of her appointment by the NCCC Supervisory Council.

A statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, said the President also approved that Maduekwe serves as the Co-Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Committee on National Carbon Market Activation Plan (NCMAP).

The President also approved the appointment of Ibrahim Abdullahi Shelleng as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Climate Finance & Stakeholder Engagement, Office of the President.

He is seconded to the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC) Secretariat, where he will handle all matters related to Climate Finance & Stakeholder/Donor Relations.

The President approved that Shelleng assume the position of Secretary of the Intergovernmental Committee on National Carbon Market Activation Plan, NCMAP, and serve as a member of the Presidential Committee on Climate Action and Green Economic Solutions, as well as the Presidential Steering Committee on Project Evergreen.

President Tinubu also approved the appointment of Olamide Fagbuji, as his Senior Special Assistant on Climate Technology and Operations, Office of the President.

Fagbuji is seconded to the National Council on Climate Change, NCCC, Secretariat, where he will oversee the digitalization of a new open procurement process and cross-departmental procedural optimization initiative.

Mr. Fagbuji served as Special Assistant to the President on Economic Matters under the previous administration and was most recently the Technical Adviser to the Director-General of the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC) on Policy Research and Strategy. He is a policy analyst and computer scientist.

The statement said that by the directive of the President, the appointments take immediate effect.

According to Ngelale, the President said the appointments are ”to reiterate Nigeria’s commitment to the green industrial vision, boost investor confidence, and unlock sustainable economic value through various climate finance instruments.

”The President expects the new appointees to bring their expertise and discipline to bear in these assignments in pursuance of the nation’s aspiration on green industrial development and climate action for sustainable growth and national prosperity,” said Ngalale.



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