Nigeria Ratifies UNFCCC & Minamata Convention on Mercury

The ‎Federal Government of Nigeria has announced its ratification of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril, disclosed this at the 11th meeting of the National Council of Environment held in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to the Minister:

“We have ratified the treaty and also signed the Minamata convention on mercury and also obtained Mr President’s signature on the instrument of ratification last week. The instrument is about to be forwarded to the United Nations.”

The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and related compounds.

The UNFCCC, on the other hand is a global treaty adopted on May 9, 1992 and opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro June 14, 1992. It was enforced March 21, 1994, after a sufficient number of countries had ratified it. The UNFCCC objective is to “stabilize greenhouse emissions to a level that would prevent dangerous climatic effects. About 168 nations have signed it so far.”

The Minister, while speaking on the theme of the meeting, ‘Unlocking the Investment Opportunities in the Environment Sector towards Nigeria’s Economic Recovery, Diversification, Growth and Sustainable Development’, said the development came at a time the government at all levels were keying into the change mantra of the federal government.

In his words:

“Indeed, these are tough and challenging times for the Nigerian economy. I believe this informs the choice of the theme for this forum which could not have come at a better time than now, considering the policy direction and focus of this administration.

In spite of the challenging times, this government has demonstrated complete political will and commitment in the cause of reviving the Nigeria project by dealing with immediate issues of improving security, tackling corruption, and revitalising the national economy.”

The host governor, Ibikunle Amosun, in his remarks warned that environmental issues should not be treated with levity because of its link with economic development.

He added that most of the adverse climatic and environmental conditions are manifestation of man’s ”inadvertent but cruel response to climate.

According to the Governor:

“There are records to show that countries that have developed remarkably paid particular attention to the human and environmental implications of their actions.

We must learn from the experiences of other nations. Economic development pattern has shown that there is a direct link, not just between the environment, but the way we treat our environment, and socio-economic development.”

Nigeria Is Re-Elected Into UN Human Rights Council

Nigeria has won a re-election into the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva for the 2018 to 2020 term at an election held at the UN Headquarters in New York.

According to the Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Ambassador Samson Itegboje:

“There were two slots for West Africa in the election and Ghana and Sierra Leone were also contesting.

However, we reached an understanding that West African countries could not be antagonising themselves and that we have to reach a compromise.

So we got Ghana and Sierra Leone to step down for Nigeria. But even at that, there were a lot of reach out we had to do beyond West Africa.

So this election has once again showed that Nigeria enjoyed a lot of goodwill not only among its West African bloc countries but also in Africa and across the world”.

The UNHRC is a United Nations system inter-governmental body responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world.

With the re-election, Nigeria, currently serving out its 2015 to 2017 term, would be among the four countries representing West Africa and the 13 countries representing Africa in the 47-seat Council.

The other two countries on the council with Nigeria are Cote d’ Ivoire and Togo, which tenure expire in 2018.

Ghana and Nigeria are already serving out their tenure for the 2015 to 2017 term while Ghana, which initially sought the-election like Nigeria, stepped down for Nigeria to get on board of the Council.

Multiple Positions: African Development Bank (AfDB)

Position title Publication date Closing date
Chief Ports and Maritime Transport Officer 06/10/2017 05/11/2017
Director – The Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption 05/10/2017 18/10/2017
Programme Coordinator 05/10/2017 18/10/2017
Principal Strategy and Policy Officer – Infrastructure and Private Sector 04/10/2017 17/10/2017
Division Manager – Disbursement, FIFC.3 04/10/2017 17/10/2017
Advisor to the Vice-President 04/10/2017 17/10/2017
Division Manager Internal Communication (PCER1) 03/10/2017 16/10/2017
Division Manager External Relations (PCER2) 03/10/2017 16/10/2017
Principal Investment Officer, AHWS 02/10/2017 13/10/2017
Principal Highway Transport Officer 02/10/2017 31/10/2017
Principal Urban Planning Officer 02/10/2017 31/10/2017
Chief Urban Mobility Officer 28/09/2017 27/10/2017
Chief Aviation and Air Transport Officer 28/09/2017 27/10/2017
Division Manager, Interpretation 28/09/2017 11/10/2017
Division Manager Urban Development 27/09/2017 26/10/2017
2018 Mo Ibrahim Foundation leadership fellowship program 16/08/2017 16/10/2017

Multiple Positions: CRS – DevTech Systems – ECOWAS – HAI – IOM – IRC – PATH – WaterAid

Abt Associates Inc.


Action Against Hunger

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

DevTech Systems, Inc.

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

  • Logistics Specialist
    Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) | Apply by: 26 October 2017

Girl Effect

Global Communities

Heartland Alliance International (HAI)

  • Consultant
    Heartland Alliance International (HAI) | Apply by: 07 October 2017

Impact Initiatives

International Medical Corps

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

International Rescue Committee (IRC)


Mercy Corps


Save the Children



Water Aid

WYG International

Consultancy: AfDB


EOI – Côte d’Ivoire – Renewable energy specialist consultant – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department (PERN)

EOI – Senior Business Intelligence (BI) Analyst – Corporate IT Services Department (CHIS)

EOI – Côte d’Ivoire – Rural Electrification Expert (off-grid and mini-grid) expert consultant (Consultant) – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department (PERN)

EOI – Côte d’Ivoire – Clean Cooking Program Officer – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Department (PERN)

EOI – Côte d’Ivoire – Junior Consultant – Monitoring and Evaluation Data Assistant – African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)

EOI – Côte d’Ivoire – Junior Consultant – Junior Strategy and Communication Consultant Position – PIFD

EOI – Communication Specialist – Individual Long-term Consultant – Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Complex (PEVP)