The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says Africa must prioritize development of its natural resources, including fossil fuels, ahead of concerns for climate change or risk losing millions of African lives to poverty and hunger in a much faster rate than climate change.
Professor Osinbajo is attending the African Development annual meeting focused on energy and climate change in Zambia.
He said that it was impossible for Africa to de-emphasize its natural resources which must first be exploited before economic development can spread across the continent.
He said that while climate change concerns were important, Africans cannot be compelled to take the greater burden of resolving the problem at the risk of its development which is still at a nascent stage and despite being the least contributor to the devastation of the environment.
The Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy has reiterated its commitment to increasing security on Nigeria’s water to put an end to crime in the nation’s territorial boundaries.
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Atiku Abubakar, made the statement while addressing reporters at the end of a sea inspection, code named, ‘Operation Mamaki’. In the operation, personnel undertook gun exercise, communication pattern, interrogation of vessels and helicopter training.
According to him, the essence of such operation is to strengthen Naval Personnel, reduce illegal oil bunkering and protect the nation’s mineral and natural resources.
Six ships participated in the operation, which was conducted within the Eastern Naval Command Maritime area from Calabar and Bonny fairway to the Brass terminal.
The Director of Operations at the Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Essien, maintained that the exercise by the fleet showed the readiness of the Eastern Naval Command to combat crime at any given circumstances.