As part of efforts to combat the negative effects of climate change in Nigeria, the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change (WASCAL), said it has spent three million euros to establish two degree programmes on climate change in Nigeria.
Prof. Jimmy Adegoke, the Executive Director of WASCAL, said this in Abuja when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril.
He said that the German-funded centre used part of the three million euros to set up a Doctorate Degree programme in Federal University of Technology in Akure.
The executive director said that the centre was primarily established to combat climate change and improve the livelihoods of people of its member countries. Adegoke said that the centre was training people to come out with research findings that would be beneficial to efforts to address climate change issues at the regional and global levels.
Responding, Jibril, who commended the centre for empowering people to address climate change issues in Nigeria, said that the benefits of the centre could not be over-emphasised.
The minister, who described climate change as a major environmental concern, noted that farmers, who were supposed to harvest new yams in May, could not do so due to late rains caused by climate change.
He pledged that the Federal Government would strengthen its relationship with the centre and support it financially to facilitate efforts to address climate change issues in the country.