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President Tinubu appoints new leadership for national council on climate change

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In a strategic move to advance Nigeria’s green industrial vision and bolster investor confidence in climate finance, President Bola Tinubu has appointed Nkiruka Maduekwe as the interim Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC).

Maduekwe’s appointment, pending confirmation by the NCCC Supervisory Council, underscores the administration’s commitment to sustainable economic development.

Maduekwe, 39, brings a wealth of expertise to her new role. She holds a Bachelor of Law degree, a Master’s degree in Environmental Law & Policy from the University of Dundee, and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Hull.

With over 15 years of experience in climate policy and project implementation, she previously served as the National Coordinator for the Climate Parliament in Nigeria and as the legal adviser to the former NCCC Director-General.

Additionally, she will co-chair the Intergovernmental Committee on the National Carbon Market Activation Plan (NCMAP).

President Tinubu has also named Ibrahim Abdullahi Shelleng as the Senior Special Assistant on Climate Finance & Stakeholder Engagement. Shelleng, 40, holds an MBA from Ahmadu Bello University and has an extensive background in financial services, including his role as Head of Business Development at the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company PLC.

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He will serve as Secretary of the Intergovernmental Committee on NCMAP and as a member of several presidential committees focused on climate action and green economic solutions.

In another key appointment, Olamide Fagbuji, 44, has been named Senior Special Assistant on Climate Technology and Operations.

Fagbuji, a seasoned policy analyst and computer scientist, will oversee the digitalization of procurement processes and cross-departmental optimization at the NCCC.

His previous roles include Special Assistant to the President on Economic Matters and Technical Adviser to the NCCC Director-General on Policy Research and Strategy.

These appointments are effective immediately, as directed by President Tinubu. The new leadership is expected to leverage their expertise to drive Nigeria’s green industrial development and ensure robust climate action for sustainable national growth.

Special Adviser to the President, Ajuri Ngelale stated that these appointments reflect the administration’s dedication to fostering a supportive environment for climate finance and innovation, ultimately aiming for national prosperity through sustainable practices.

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