COP-28 Delegation: Information Minister Says FG Sponsored 422 persons 

Dec 4, 2023 - 20:10
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COP-28 Delegation: Information Minister Says FG Sponsored 422 persons 

By Adetokunbo FAKEYE 

The Federal Government of Nigeria has reacted to controversy surrounding Nigeria’s delegation to COP-28 Summit in Dubai.


It has been reported that Nigeria had one of the largest list of delegates numbering over 1000, but the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, in a statement issued, clarified that, "the Federal Government-funded delegation is made up of a total of 422 persons".


Idris also disclosed in a statement Monday, the breakdown including number of persons and agencies to which they are affiliated.


According to the Minister, the agencies and number of persons sponsored by government include: National Council on Climate Change, 32; Federal Ministry of Environment, 34; All Ministries, 167; Presidency, 67; Office of the Vice President, 9; National Assembly, 40 and Federal Parastatals/Agencies, 73.


He said the official statement was meant to "provide clarity in line with a standing pledge to conduct itself with transparency and accessibility regarding public information".

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