Nigeria is the third African country, and first West African country to join GLOBE International. GLOBE Nigeria's first meeting and inaugural session was held on 12 February 2013 in the Senate New Building of the National Assembly complex in Abuja, in the presence of Deputy Senate Leader, Sen. Abdul Ningi, the Hon. Eziuche Ubani, House Committee Chairman on Climate Change and Sen. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Senate Committee Chairman on Environment and Ecology and Mrs. Hadiza Mailafia, Minister of Environment of Nigeria. Over 35 parliamentarians, government officials and representatives of the civil society attended the inaugural session.
Senator Bukola Saraki chaired the session and welcomed members present and reminded them about the importance of joining their counterparts across the globe, to agree and advance common legislative responses to major global environmental and sustainable development challenges. He informed participants about how he came across GLOBE International during his participation at the first World Summit of Legislators in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.
Sen. Abdul Ningi, gave a speech on behalf of the President of the Senate, Sen. David Mark, welcoming the establishment of GLOBE Nigeria. He congratulated all the National Assembly members of GLOBE Nigeria and assured them of his support.
In her intervention, Mrs. Hadiza Mailafia, Minister of Environment, welcomed the establishment of GLOBE Nigeria and praised the unity of intent between the Nigerian legislative and executive. She noted that Nigeria is perceived abroad as a leading African country on many issues and now needs to take the lead on environmental and climate matters too. She saluted the GLOBE Nigeria initiative as timely and assured legislators that the her department, as an executive arm of Government, is determined to face the challenges facing Nigeria in terms of sustainable development in partnership with GLOBE Nigeria.