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Akpabio cancels Dubai trip amid outrage over Nigeria’s COP28 1,411 delegates

Senate President Godswill Akpabio, Tuesday, cancelled his scheduled trip to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the outrage that trailed Nigeria’s 1,411 delegates to the COP28 Climate Change Summit.

Nigeria had the third-highest delegation at the summit.

The figure is comprised of government officials, representatives of the private sector, and civil society organisations

The federal government, through the Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris said the government only funded 422 delegates.

The parliamentary version of the conference was set to open on Tuesday, and legislators from around the world were expected to attend.

Akpabio, who was billed to travel to Dubai for the session cancelled the trip.

Speaking at a one-day retreat on the 2024 budget in Abuja yesterday, the Senate President said he cancelled his trip out of fear of being criticized by Nigerians.

He said he decided to focus on the 2024 budget defence sessions with government agencies.

“I have decided to stay back and I asked somebody from Cote d’Ivoire to represent me there,” Akpabio told the gathering.

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