House of reps engages stakeholders on climate change

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The Nigerian Ministry of Information and Culture has pledged to partner with all stakeholders for the success of the country’s commitment on Climate Change.

The Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the  pledge at an Interactive Session with the House of Representatives Committee on Climate Change.

The House of Representatives has been engaging all relevant stakeholders and Ministries in an effort to meet the Country’s objectives in mitigating the impact on the nation through the implementation of National Policy on Climate Change.

The Minister said  that climate change is a multi-dimensional challenge that required political will from all levels of government as well as attitudinal change among people through advocacy as well as including climate change issue into Nigeria’s school curriculum.

“I realised that the easiest way to address the environmental problems and climate change is by inculcating in our children the right manners and right ways of living. ” the Minister said.

Mr. Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing also interacted with the lawmakers. He said government is exploring other sources of energy such as wind and solar in an effort to meet the Country’s objectives in mitigating the impact on the nation.

“This is really best dealt with, more efficiently dealt with at a municipal level. The ecological problems across zones across states are different, for instance Mr. President has continued to draw our attention to the challenges of the shrinking of Lake Chad that and its security consequences.” Mr. Fashola added.

Environmental Sustenance

The Chairman of the committee, Samuel Onigbo had stressed the importance of information to the sustenance of the environment.

He called for synergy between all stakeholders for the success of National Policy on Environment as part of government’s commitment to global effort on climate change.

Persistent drought and desert encroachment in Northern Nigeria, flooding and erosion in the South were few among the numerous challenges associated with Climate Change, affecting the socio-economy of millions of Nigerians.

It was estimated that Nigeria loses about 20% of its agricultural produce annually to climate change, significant portion of land to desert posing great challenge to human existence.