Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Nigeria’s President on Media and Publicity, Mr Temitope Ajayi, has revealed that Nigeria’s 1,411 delegates at the ongoing COP28 in Dubai were not all funded by the government.
In a recent statement, the presidential aide revealed that the Nigerian delegation includes civil society actors, business persons and others who have different roles to play at the conference.
He said the Nigerian delegation include business leaders, environmentalists, climate activists and journalists.
Meanwhile, he did not state the exact number of delegates that the government-funded amid speculations that over 600 were government-funded.
He said: “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.
“Also participating are agencies of government such as the NNPC and its subsidiaries, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, NIMASA, NDDC.
“Many youth organisations 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. Among delegates from Nigeria are also over 20 journalists from various media houses.”
The presidential spokesman’s response is in reaction to the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 presidential election, Mr Peter Obi, who slammed the federal government for allegedly sponsoring the 1,411 Nigerian delegation to the ongoing COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Obi had on Sunday in a post on his X handle sarcastically congratulated Nigeria for having the same number of delegations like China’s