Meet the new climate change council DG, Nkiruka Maduekwe

 Meet the new climate change council DG, Nkiruka Maduekwe

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Dr. Nkiruka Chidia Maduekwe as the new director-general/chief executive officer of the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC).

The appointment was announced in a statement issued on Sunday, June 9, by the presidential spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, who stated that Maduekwe is to serve as acting DG/CEO of NCCC pending her confirmation by the NCCC supervisory council.

Maduekwe is also to serve as the co-chairperson of the Intergovernmental Committee on National Carbon Market Activation Plan (NCMAP).

Ajuri stated that her appointment aligns with Tinubu’s “commitment to actualize Nigeria’s green industrial vision, boost investor confidence, and unlock sustainable economic value through various climate finance instruments.”

Maduekwe succeeds Salisu Dahiri, the first DG of NCCC, whom she served as legal adviser.

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Here’s all you need to know about Maduekwe 

Nkiruka Chidia Maduekwe, PhD, is a 39-year-old solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She is also a Petroleum Technology Development Fund scholar at the University of Hull.

Maduekwe is a research fellow with the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. She holds an MSc in Environmental Law and Policy and an MSc in International Oil and Gas Management, both from the University of Dundee.

Maduekwe, who is a passionate energy and environmental policy specialist and a human rights approach to environmental protection activist, has over 15 years of national and international experience in climate policy development and project implementation. She previously served as Nigeria’s National Coordinator for Climate Parliament, an international, multi-partisan network of legislators working worldwide to help solve the climate crisis and accelerate the transition to renewable energy, as stated in the statement.

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