Nigeria to benefit from 100m pounds climate change grantNigeria
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Nigeria is set to benefit from a 100m pounds special grant from the German government to help address the problems of climate change across the country.
The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Joachim Schmillen , disclosed this during the opening ceremony of the 3rd task force meeting of the West African Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said, “The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research estimates that about ¤100m investment will be needed in the next five years to build up WASCAL and its South African counterpart. Germany will contribute substantially to this financial effort.
“This is a huge amount of money; 300 times more money we can spend for our micro projects in the same period in Nigeria or 200 times more for all the ECOWAS member states.
“With the help of these funds, the centre will not only provide applied research, but also train young scientists from West African countries so that they can find solutions, which will be crucial for their personal and their countries‘ future.”
He added, “As the ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Nigeria, I am particularly pleased about the fruitful cooperation of Germany, not only with my host country, but also with the ECOWAS region as a whole.
“I am convinced that WASCAL, once up and running, will be a cornerstone of our cooperation in science and research, and an important complement to our partnership with West Africa.”
“Fighting global warming, he said, was one of the most urgent global challenges, saying “I have traveled a lot in Nigeria in the past four years. I saw desertification in the North, where Nigeria is losing every year around 600 metres to the Sahara desert, or 350,000 hectares. Over 19 states from the Middle-Belt to the North are affected. Besides, severe floods, gully erosion and landslides have become recurrent issues in the South.
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