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Govt mobilises stakeholders for campaign on climate change

The Federal Ministry of Environment on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 said it has mobilised stakeholders to carry out awareness campaign on effect of climate change across the country.

Ibukun Odusote
Mrs Ibukun Odusote

Mrs Ibukun Odusote, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said at a Northwest regional sensitisation workshop on climate change in Kaduna.

She said that many people are not aware of the effect of climate change hence, the need to bring stakeholders together to map out strategies to educate communities.

“Education is necessary for global response to climate change which will help people to understand and address the impact of global warming.

“It will also increase ‘climate literacy’ in the society, encourages behavioural change and adjustment to the climate change related trends,’’ she said.

The permanent secretary said that knowledge sharing, and awareness-raising enable informed decision-making which plays a crucial role in increasing adaptation and mitigation capacities for communities, empowering women and men to adopt sustainable lifestyles.

However, she said that not all stakeholders are knowledgeable about the vulnerability and proactive measures to adapt to climate change.

Ibrahim Usaini, Commissioner, Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, said climate change education was necessary as adapting to the impact in the future would be more difficult and costly.

Usaini said that climate change has affected the state through flood, displaced families, disrupted economy and social activities, creating tension and insecurity.

The commissioner called for the involvement of newly talented officers to be trained to take over from the directors for sustainability of the project.

The workshop was organised by the Department of Climate Change of the ministry.

By Ezra Musa

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