“I do not think anyone in Nigeria needs persuading of the need for urgent action on the environment. Desertification in the north, floods in ... the centre, pollution and erosion on the coast are enough evidence. For Nigeria, climate change is not about the perils of tomorrow, but what is happening today,” President Muhammadu Buhari said during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in October. And today means Nigerians are finding it increasingly hard to afford basic food items.
A total of 39 out of 55 countries have deposited their instruments of ratification for the historic agreement, which establishes the biggest single trade area globally, comprising 1.3 billion people and a cumulative GDP of $3.4trn.
South Africa’s neighbours, Botswana and Mozambique, as well as Morocco and Sudan, are among the 16 states whose instruments of ratification remain outstanding.
President Ramaphosa made the appeal during the official launch of the seven-day Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2021 at the Durban Convention Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.