The Nigerian Ministry of Water Resources is holding a three-day regional training workshop on the effect of climate change on Water Resources Management.
The training which holds in Minna Niger state, North-central Nigeria is aimed at creating awareness on the impacts of climate change on water resources development and management in the country.
The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs. Rabi Jimeta, who was represented by the Head of Climate Change of the Ministry, Mr. Mukaila Babarinde said that the effect of climate change on water and sanitation in the country include severe drought and desertification.
She noted that in order to address these challenges, there is a need for development of adaptation programmes to enhance coping capacity of the people in order to understand the effects of climate change.
The Chairman House Committee on climate change, Mr Samuel Onuigbo, who was represented by the senior legislative aide Mr. Gbenga Onungbogbo said that the House of Representatives is aware of the imminent need for water conservation in the country.
“It is in view of this that the House decided to collaborate with stakeholders in the sector by engaging the instrumentality of the budget and periodic interaction with relevant Ministries, departments and agencies to help proffer realizable solution to water management in Nigeria through legislation,” he explained.
Also the Managing Director, Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority, Dr. Lazrus Gaza represented by Acting Executive, Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority Engr. Mamman Sani Usman also explained some of the effect of climate change which include change in the pattern of agricultural land and cropping season as well as flooding which has become a reoccurring event which in turns affects productivity in agricultural activities.
The workshop brought together experts and stakeholders in the sector to brainstorm on impacts of climate change on water resources with a view of proffering pragmatic solutions to these challenges.