A clear mitigation action plan is needed to combat the impact of climate change in Nigeria, Hamzat Lawal, an Advisor of the Nigerian Youth Climate Action Network, has said.
Lawal said this in Abuja on Wednesday that Nigeria needed to come up with a plan to address the impact of climate change nationwide.
”We need a clear mitigation action plan to achieve this; we need financing as a developing economy and we need global leaders to commit to reducing their green gas emissions.
”We need an enabling environment for young people to carry out climate change activities in their communities for them to start employing local knowledge to fight the scourge,” he said.
Lawal said that the youth needed the support of the Federal Government to build their capabilities on climate change issues.
Lawal, who commended the Federal Government on its effort in mitigating the impact of climate change, said Nigeria needed to think globally before it can act locally.
He urged all tiers of government to implement the decisions of the ongoing climate change conference in Warsaw.
”It is important for Nigeria to be on the table and it is also important to bring back all the important aspects and implement them.
”Nigeria has been on the negotiation table on climate change for over a decade. The only problem is that the youth have not been integrated in the negotiation process.
”We need these negotiators to transfer this knowledge to young people because in the next 10 to 15 years, we will be the ones negotiating on behalf of the country. What experience are we going to take to the table?
”So, the Federal Ministry of Environment should endeavour to send some youths to attend climate change conferences to build their capacity on those issues,” he said.
According to him, the future of Nigeria depends on how the government plans ahead on national issues of importance and how it can collectively mitigate and adapt against threats to the environment.
”Nigeria is one of the most vulnerable countries in sub-Saharan Africa suffering from the negative impacts of climate change.
”The country is suffering from the scourge with changes in temperature, rainfall patterns, low agricultural yields and loss in forest reserves among others.
”After the deadly 2012 floods, families fled their homes increasing the statistics of internally displaced people (IDPs) and increase in water-borne diseases in the country.
”This development has led to a setback in the fight against malaria and other diseases while also increasing rural-urban migration, mostly among young people in the Lake Chad region,” he said.