Tinubu appoints 39-year-old Nkiruka Maduekwe as DG of climate change council

Tinubu appoints 39-year-old Nkiruka Maduekwe as DG of climate change council
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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of
Nkiruka Maduekwe as the director-general/chief executive officer of the
National Council on Climate Change (NCCC).


In a statement issued on Sunday, Ajuri Ngelale, presidential
spokesperson, said Maduekwe will serve in acting capacity pending her
confirmation by the NCCC supervisory council.


He said Maduekwe’s appointment is in accordance with
Tinubu’s “commitment to actualise Nigeria’s green industrial vision, boost
investor confidence, and unlock sustainable economic value through various
climate finance instruments”.


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


Maduekwe, 39, takes over from Salisu Dahiri, pioneer DG of
NCCC, whom she served as legal adviser.


She holds a bachelor of law degree, a master’s degree in
environmental law and policy from the University of Dundee, UK, and a doctorate
degree in Law from the University of Hull, UK.


“Maduekwe has over 15 years of national and international
experience in climate policy development and project implementation. She
previously served as Nigeria National Coordinator, Climate Parliament. Climate
Parliament is an international, multi-partisan network of legislators working
worldwide to help solve the climate crisis and accelerate the transition to
renewable energy,” the statement reads.



Tinubu also approved the appointment of Ibrahim Abdullahi
Shelleng as senior special assistant to the president on climate finance and
stakeholder engagement.


Shelleng, 40, is seconded to the NCCC secretariat, where he
will handle all matters related to climate finance and stakeholder/donor

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He is also to assume the position of secretary of the
intergovernmental committee on National Carbon Market Activation Plan (NCMAP),
and serve as a member of the presidential committee on climate action and green
economic solutions, as well as the presidential steering committee on Project


“Mr. Shelleng, who holds a Master’s degree in Business
Administration (MBA) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, has served in leading
roles across multiple financial institutions, and was Head of Business
Development for the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company PLC (NMRC) before his
appointment as Senior Special Assistant to the President,” the statement reads.


 “The President has
also approved the appointment of Mr. Olamide Fagbuji, 44, as the Senior Special
Assistant to the President on Climate Technology and Operations, Office of the
President. He is seconded to the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC)
Secretariat, where he will oversee the digitalization of a new open procurement
process and cross-departmental procedural optimization initiative.


“Mr. Fagbuji served as Special Assistant to the President on
Economic Matters under the previous administration, and was most recently the
Technical Adviser to the Director-General of the National Council on Climate
Change (NCCC) on Policy Research and Strategy. He is a policy analyst and
computer scientist.


“The President expects the new appointees to bring their
expertise and discipline to bear in these very important assignments in
pursuance of the nation’s aspiration on green industrial development and
climate action for sustainable growth and national prosperity.”


All the appointments take immediate effect.


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