House of Representatives Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has urged the Federal Government to develop the capacity to address the menace of climate change and safeguard the ecosystems.
Femi revealed this recently while launching the Globe Legislators Advancing REDD+ and Natural Capital Governance towards the delivery of the 2030 Agenda, a GLOBE-UNEP-GEF project at the National Assembly.
According to him, the National Assembly should come up with strategies and laws that will tackle the problems of climate change and environmental degradation in Nigeria.
His words, “I am convinced by the scientific evidence before us, and the lived experience of many of our citizens across the country, that developing and implementing a robust strategy to holistically address the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation so as to build a sustainable future for our country, is one of the most important responsibilities we hold as leaders and legislators at this moment in our history”.
“This is a concern that we share across the Federal Government of Nigeria, in the executive and legislature, and is the reason why we have jointly determined to make coordinated and sustained efforts to develop policy, pass legislation and implement plans and projects expressly intended to protect our environment and achieve sustainable economic growth and national development.
“It is in this space, that GLOBE Legislators Advancing REDD+ Project which we have gathered here to launch today has the opportunity and I believe, the ability to make the most impact and to do so quickly, because the challenges we face grow direr by the day even as the space to take necessary action to avert the worst possible consequences continues to contract rapidly”.
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Femi Gbajabiamila (born June 25, 1962, surname also spelled Gbaja-Biamila and Gbajabiamila) is a Nigerian lawyer, All Progressives Congress Leader, and House Leader of Nigeria’s 8th House of Representatives.
Gbaja Biamila attended Igbobi College in Yaba, Lagos, King William’s College on the Isle of Man, United Kingdom, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, United States, and the University of Lagos in Lagos.
Gbaja Biamila was elected to the House in 2003, and re-elected in 2007. He represents the Surulere I constituency of Lagos State (see Nigerian National Assembly delegation from Lagos) in the House of Representatives. He is the House’s Majority Leader.
Gbaja Biamila has criticized members of Congress for switching parties. He suggested that many voters don’t have access to the information to make choices based on every individual stance, and therefore are sometimes only voting for candidates based on their party alignment. He criticized floppers with this in mind, saying the effect “cannot be anything but negative.”
Gbajabiamila was the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives in the 7th National Assembly. He was head of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating claims by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) that 140.9 Billion Naira (about $1Bn), which was owed by ‘Zenon Petroleum & Gas Limited’ and ‘Forte Oil Plc’, has been paid. The call for investigation of the reported payment was made by another lawmaker, Bimbo Daramola who moved the motion that the House set up a panel to verify the claims by AMCON that the Femi Otedola-owned two companies have paid back the money which the government of Nigeria paid for petroleum products reportedly not delivered as agreed upon by the dictates of the government’s fuel subsidy scheme.
Gbajabiamila caused outrage and suspicion he was living beyond his legal means when he gifted his wife a Mercedes G-Wagon, which costs in the region of $300,000, for her 50th birthday; this excluded the cost of the 1-day lavish party itself. All these is despite the fact his only known source of income is from a political position with earnings of less than $25,000 a year.