The European Union and the German Government Have introduced a project under the Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP) at the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
AMAC Chairman, Mr Christopher Maikalangu, while receiving the delegation of the EU and German Government said SEACAP project would provide a roadmap for safeguarding the environment to ensure an affordable and sustainable energy plan in Abuja.
He said the SEACAP, the first in a local government in Nigeria, would include measures to ensure access to secured, affordable and sustainable energy in response to the current and future impact of climate change in the region.
He affirmed that the programme has identified several areas which include energy, water supply, food and agriculture, waste management, sanitation, and transport towards mitigating the effect of climate change.
According to him, climate hazards such as floods, droughts, excessive rainfall, and increasing temperatures, have increased in frequency and many African cities have been impacted directly or indirectly.
The Focal Person and a special adviser to the immediate past Chairman of AMAC, Mrs Abiodun Essiet, added that the action plan which is expected to last for eight years would address the challenges of climate change, energy access in AMAC.
“Part of the things we do is to empower the staff of AMAC to be able to implement this project, we have also trained some of the staff who will be implementing this project,” she said.
“According to the 2021 third assessment report of the World Meteorological Organisation and the United Nations Environment Programme, the WMO/UNEP Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the frequency and intensity of drought seems to have already worsened in some parts of Africa.
“Due to this, people who earn their livelihood from agriculture are not able to cultivate their crops when there is a flood or need to find alternative means to irrigation when there is a drought.
In his remarks, the immediate past Chairman of AMAC, Mr Abdullahi Candido, stressed the importance to carry everyone along and called on AMAC management to provide the necessary support needed to carry out the different actions for each of the SEACAP project.
Programme Coordinator, CoM SSA, Ms Venessa Vovor Nigeria, congratulated the area council for developing an action plan that will tackle the effects of climate change.
Programme Coordinator of Covenant of Mayors in Sub Saharan Africa (CoM SSA), promoters of the project said they are supporting AMAC in the development of urban infrastructure project
Reporting by Hassan Hussain, editing by Daniel Adejo