Nigeria’s immediate past vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has been named as the new Chair of Board of Directors of the Climate Action Platform for Africa (CAP-A), a public benefit organisation working to unlock Africa’s potential as a global hub for climate action.
This appointment was well expected as the ex-President was known to push the Climate Change Agenda during his tenure.
Mohammed Brimah, who signed a release from the Media Office of Prof. Osinbajo, said the organisation made the announcement in a statement.
Brimah explained that “CAP-A’s work is informed by the realisation that Africa’s demographics, growth trajectory and natural resource endowments, coupled with its extremely low levels of current carbon emissions, enable the continent to aspire to not just net-zero but a substantial net-negative carbon footprint sooner than any other part of the world,”
According him, while accepting the appointment, Prof. Osinbajo said, “since the recent founding of CAP-A, I have witnessed their work in shifting the global and continental narrative from Africa being a victim of the climate crisis to holding the key to accelerating global climate action.
“I’m honored to join the Board of Directors as Chair in support of CAP-A’s teams and programs across the continent, and in realizing Africa’s economic development through Climate Positive Growth.”
Brimah also said that CAP-A’s founder, James Mwangi stated that they were “deeply honored to have Prof. Osinbajo join the CAP-A Board of Directors as Chair to assist with the next phase of our growth and our mission of unlocking Africa’s potential as a global hub for climate action.”
Mwamgi said that the former vice president’s vast experience and passion for transforming African countries’ economies in harmony with climatic needs, would be invaluable to CAP-A’s mission, especially coming out of the inaugural Africa Climate Summit that made a strong push for accelerated climate action.