The Nasarawa State Government has identified building on the waterways and the indiscriminate felling of trees as factors aggravating climate change.
Alhaji Musa Abubakar, the State Commissioner for the Environment, stated this on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at a three-day training workshop on Climate Change organised by the ministry.
The training was for desk officers from the 13 local government areas of the state.
Abubakar also noted that poor management of waste is also another factor encouraging climate change.
He said that if people could stop building on the waterways as well as stop cutting down trees indiscriminately, it would help in avoiding flooding in the state.
The commissioner said that the workshop was aimed at equipping desk officers with the knowledge on how to educate people on the effects of climate change.
“We are all aware of the effect of building on the waterways, cutting down of trees indiscriminately as well as poor management of waste among others
“I am calling on the people to avoid building on the waterways, stop cutting down trees indiscriminately and poor management of waste.
”People should change their attitudes in that direction in their interests and for the overall development of the state,” he said.
Abubakar called on the residents of the state to always keep their environments clean, adding that “cleanliness is next to godliness”.
He said that if people should continue to keep their environments clean, it would not only improve their health status but would also bring speedy development to the state.
The commissioner urged the desk officers to use the knowledge gained in the interest of the environment.
Also speaking, Alhaji Aliyu Akwai, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, appreciated the ministry for organising the workshop.
Akwai said that the workshop would go a long way in ensuring a better environment for all.
He urged the participants to make good use of what they would learn to better the environment.
By Awayi Kuje