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Stakeholders call for urgent action on climate change disasters

Some of the stakeholders at a one day workshop on Climate Change Remediation, Peacebuilding Advocacy and Sensitization in Kwara State. Photo: Maryam Giwa-Bello

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, IPCR says disasters caused by climate change calls for urgent action.

Director-General IPCR, Dr Bakut Bakut made this known while speaking during a one day workshop on Climate Change Remediation, Peacebuilding Advocacy and Sensitization in Kwara State border communities.

The workshop was Co-hosted by the IPCR and Kwara State Government in collaboration with National Orientation Agency, NOA.

Dr Bakut represented by an Assistant Director in the agency, Chukuemeke Mbah said climate change breeds violence and leads to resource scarcity.

The stages of the resilience measures according to Dr Bakut, include reducing disaster risks and adaptation to cope with the impact, positive transformation that will strengthen the ability of current and future generations to meet their needs for economic growth.

The Kwara State Director of the NOA, Mr Segun Adeyemi attributed the recurring cases of violence and communal clashes in some parts of the country to climate change,

He, therefore, said the issue of climate change needed urgent attention and called on all stakeholders particularly the traditional rulers and religious leaders to adequately pass the messages that will encourage people to protect their environment.

The Senior Special Assistant to the kwara state Governor on Sustainable Development Goals, Dr Jemila Ibrahim said the incessant cutting down of trees in the forest which is leading to land deforestation and land degradation needs to be urgently addressed.

Dr Jemila, however, charged all stakeholders to act fast through advocacy and sensitization as climate change is a challenge that affects everyone.

There were goodwill messages from lawmakers from Kwara North, the State Commissioner for Water Resources and his counterpart from the Ministry of Agriculture, Emir of Kaiama, Alhaji Muazu Omar-Bagidi, representative of the Commissioner of Police among others. 

Reporting by Maryam Giwa-Bello; editing by Abdullahi Lamino