Climate change: Africa most vulnerableNigeria
Africa has been described as the most vulnerable spot in the world due to the advent of climate change, the minister of environment, Mr John Odey, disclosed in Minna yesterday.
Speaking at an inaugural training course on climate change induced disaster, vulnerability assessment and risk reduction at the Federal University of Technology Minna, Odey said that Nigeria’s coastal areas are vulnerable to climate change.
“African nations will continue to face difficulty in their goals due to high vulnerability to change as a result of lack of adequate finance and technological know-how that can enable her tackle the menace of climate change,” he said.
Lamenting the fact that several support promised by donor agencies are yet to yield any success, he maintained that the situation exposes the continent to the whims of natural disaster.
He therefore said the training is aimed at grooming participants to check the growing trend of climate change in possible areas of disaster across the country.
“The training has been specially designed to groom participants to be more enlightened on the continuous trends on climate change, especially in the area of its disaster vulnerability,” he said.
Mr. Odey pointed to the fact that Nigeria’s vulnerability to climate change stems from circumstances as long coastal area, high population density and lack of requisite technology to tackle the menace of climate change.
He further stated that climate change threatens to destroy infrastructures like roads, schools, buildings, stressing that these could cause starvation and increase displacement and migration of families to the detriment of the entire country in the area of development,” he said.
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