Amidst the ongoing debate surrounding the sizable delegation sent by the Nigerian government to the COP 28 Climate Summit in the United Arab Emirates, a lecturer at the Department of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin, Mr. Adegbite has voiced his support for the government’s decision while acknowledging the concerns of the citizens.
The federal government, amidst varying reports, reiterated that it sponsored a significantly lower number of delegates than initially circulated, clarifying that only 422 individuals were sent to represent the nation at the summit.
Mr. Adegbite, known for his advocacy in the educational sector, stood behind the government’s move to participate in the global conversation on climate change. “Climate change is a crucial issue, and Nigeria’s active involvement is imperative for the country’s progress,” he affirmed.
He emphasized the necessity for Nigeria to engage with international partners and counterparts on matters concerning the environment, underlining the potential benefits such discussions could yield for the nation’s advancement.
Addressing the discontent among citizens over the reported number of delegates, Mr. Adegbite pointed out that the dissatisfaction stemmed from the prevailing hardships experienced by the people within the country. “The outcry against the delegate count is reflective of the hardships faced by everyone in the country. The economic challenges, high costs of living, and the perceived extravagance in sponsoring such a large delegation might have eroded public trust in the government,” he stated.
Highlighting the importance of understanding the citizens’ perspective, he called for a balance between addressing critical global issues like climate change and acknowledging the pressing needs and concerns of the populace.