AUSTIN OYIBODE, EDITOR
African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) has identified seven environmental challenges which it observed are parts of the causes of climate change in Nigeria.
Centre LSD in a communiqué drafted in collaboration with National Coalition on Gas Flaring and Oil Spills in the Niger Delta (NACGOND) after a-one-day-workshop in Asaba, listed indiscriminate disposal of solid and liquid wastes, illegal building on water ways, poor sensitization on environmental protection, poor drainage system as major factors leading to climate change in Nigeria.
The one-day-workshop which drew participants from Asaba, Oko, Okpanam, Ugbolu, directors from the ministries of basic and secondary education, environment and youth development, also listed indiscriminate bush burning and deforestation, destruction of farmlands by cattle rearers and weak institutional enforcement of environmental laws as additional factors leading to climate change.
In the communiqué which was signed by Mrs. Ebinum-Olisa Florence of ministry of basic and secondary education; Mr. Victor Efeturi of the ministry of environment; Morka Benneth of Directorate of Youth Development; Chiedozie Miracle Onyeukwu of Karachi Rural-Urban Development Initiative and community representatives, the group recommended advocacy to legislators to review policies and enforce environmental laws that are aimed at protecting the environment and mitigating effects of climate change.
It called for organized awareness and outreaches around communities on environmental aspects and human activities that contribute to climate change, noting that business organizations such as markets, parks and shops should be sensitized to engage in aggressive environmental activities.
It also insisted that community gate-keepers and groups should be educated on environmental management such as waste segregation, proper waste packaging and use of disposal facilities for recycling and disposal with proper enforcement of laws by government agencies as strategies that could aid in reducing effects of climate change.
In a welcome address by Acting Executive Director of Centre LSD, Monday Osasah, he said climate change is one of the most devastating environmental threats around the world, adding that global climate change impacts on human and natural systems with severe aftermaths.
Osasah, who was represented by Foster Akpore, Niger Delta coordinator of Centre LSD, said many of the causes of climate change are through human lifestyle, consumption and choices that pollute and exploit resources in an unsustainable manner. He added that climate change might have detrimental impact on agriculture, fisheries and might lead to collapsing the ecosystem.
He said Centre LSD, as an organization built to develop leadership for sustainable development in Africa, noting that the mission of Centre LSD is to work with forces of positive change to empower citizens to transform society with the values of transparency, accountability, integrity and dignity of human person and pan Africanism.
He explained that Centre LSD has graduated over 600 persons from its leadership school in Abuja and over 100 from the Warri centre, noting that the centre engages in global, regional and sub-national strategies for development.
He said the centre also addresses election related issues, natural resource governance, inclusive and responsive budgeting, environmental and sustainable livelihoods by building dynamic and visionary leaders and active citizens.
In a presentation by Engr. Oviruo Ogheneruemu, Managing Director of Ovichem Consults Ltd, he insisted that greenhouse gases, deforestation, coal mining, burning of fossil fuels, industrial processes, heavy rainfall and extreme dought are further causes of climate change.
He made his presentation with visuals which portray the devastating impact of climate change across the globe.