PMB Appoints Salisu Dahiru Pioneer DG Of Climate Change Council

August 2, 2022

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Salisu Dahiru as the pioneer Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change. 

The appointment takes effect from 25th July, 2022.

Prior to his appointment, Dr.Dahiru was the National Project Coordinator for the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) and the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscape (ACReSAL) project, both financed by the World Bank.

As a Fellow of the Forestry Association of Nigeria (FAN), he also served as the Federal Director of Forestry for eight years. 

Buhari had made a commitment for Nigeria to achieve a net- zero emission by 2060, in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change and towards attaining the country’s climate change agenda. 

In his new role, Dahiru is expected to fastrack the implementation of Nigeria’s Climate Change Agenda and the National Climate Change Action Plan, including the development of a carbon market framework and a National Adaptation Plan as  enshrined in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Briefly 

Dr Dahiru  holds a B.Sc. Botany, M.Sc. Cytogenetics & Plant Breeding and PhD in Environmental Resources Management, with over 37 years of cognate experience in environmental management, sustainable development and the academia.

He had spent 14 years working on climate change policies, programmes and projects at the national and international levels, just as he pioneered and led Nigeria’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programme. 

Dahiru has been Nigeria’s lead negotiator for the Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

He’s an astute administrator, resource-manager; expert in climate change, complex project planning and management, resource mobilisation and has linkage with donor organisations.

With his vast experience in working with the World Bank and other development partners, Dahiru is expected to boost the implementation of the national climate change agenda.

These were contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday by the Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Saghir el Mohammed. 

— Chika Okeke is a journalist with MOC and the Publisher/ Editor of Bennyokeke.blogspot.com, an online news platform.
She joined the services of LEADERSHIP Media Group in 2008 as a Reporter where she rose through the ranks as a Senior Reporter to Deputy Editor Daily, Deputy Editor, LEADERSHIP Sunday and Deputy Editor, LEADERSHIP Friday.
During her sojourn in LEADERSHIP Media Group, she had covered the activities of FCT Area Councils, Ministries of Tourism and National Orientation, Works & Housing and Environment.
With over one decade in journalism, she was able to explore various reporting and writing techniques such as feature writing, editing, investigation and editing, with over over 300 publications to her credit.
She has covered workshops and conferences, both in Nigeria and abroad.
She is currently the Treasurer, Environment Media Correspondents Association of Nigeria (EMCAN) and a member of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).

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