Climate change threat to developmentNigeria
Minister of Science and Technology, Muhammed Abubakar, has declared that the effects of climate change particularly in Africa are threats to the global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets.
The minister spoke at the first international conference of Academia For Green Africa (AGFA), organised by the Benson Idahosa University (BIU) in collaboration with a United kingdom based firm, on Tuesday, in Benin City, Edo State capital.
He said there was “the urgent need for the academia to map out relevant strategies to combat the menace. To do otherwise will be tantamount to complacency.”
To this end, Abubakar tasked the academia and research institutes to provide solutions to the devastating climate change which had raised concern across the world.
“There was a deep concern arising from the growing body of scientific evidences as mentioned in projections, and predictions from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its 4th Assessment Report (AR4), which clearly states that Africa is the most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. This is grossly disproportionate as Africa contributes less than three per cent to global emissions, which is more so because it lacks the capacity to cope with natural disasters and will continue to pay heavy toll in causalities and destroy infrastructure,” he added.
According to him, “most African countries can be seen to be lagging behind other developing countries. The number of African countries listed as “least developed” by the United Nations recently increased to 26 out of a world total of 36, while 20 out of 33 countries classified by the World Bank as “low income” developing countries are located in Africa.
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