Now that the dust of Nigeria’s profligate COP28 jamboree has settled, it is time for unvarnished assessments and reality check. Nigeria, so far, and perhaps for long, may not experience any disastrous climate-related crisis or disaster. Seasonal foods, perhaps. Therefore, she feels no compelling policy pressure to act on the tenets o COP28. Absent such compelling imperatives, Nigeria will continue to wallow in policy inertia and denials. Don’t look for her Ecological Fund budget to shrink.
But Nigeria’s disposition is near universal. COP28 requirements and target benchmarks are akin to scheduling a colonoscopy: The procedure is supposedly good for the patient’s wellbeing, but still undesirable and off-putting by all accounts.
Here’s the upshot. Global response to the climate change crisis and demands will remain two-fold: co-opt or cop-out. The few who have funds and financial wherewithal required for global co-option are the rich but miserly worst offenders. For everyone else, national interest imperatives will support precepts more than pursuing robust best practices. Their respective COP28 spiel, will essentially be tantamount to Cop-outs until the intractable crisis becomes irreversible. For now, COP28, Commitments and Costs are collosally disparate.
Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.
Selonnes Consult Ltd. is a Strategic Policy, Good Governance and Management Consulting Firm, founded by Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze who served as Secretary to Anambra State Government from 2012-2015; a United Nations official from 1991-2012 and a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer from 1982-1991.