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The Secretary-General visits the Ministry of Environment of Nigeria

On 7 July 2022, the Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Mr Guy Lentz, and his team, Dr Monica Emmanuel, Ms Ishita Pant and Dr Hava Yurttagül, met with Mr Mohammed H. Abdullahi, Nigerian Minister of Environment, in Abuja, Nigeria.

Mr. Lentz explained the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and underlined the introduction of the flexibility mechanism which allows Contracting Parties to exclude investment protection for fossil fuels in their territories. The parties agreed that the modernised Treaty is a response to the global concern regarding climate change and discussed the benefits for Nigeria to accede to the ECT. Mr Abdullahi also gave Mr Lentz the Ministry reports on the national policies on climate change, environment and the strategy to combat wildlife and forest crime in Nigeria.