Nigeria is Vulnerable to Climate ChangeNigeria
Nigeria has been described as a country that is already vulnerable to climate change impacts especially the gradual desert encroachment and desertification.
Experts meeting at a climate change witness tour in Lagos said Nigeria is one of the most affected countries in Africa that has been ravaged by the forces of climate change.
Speaking to journalists drawn from Nigeria, Germany and Poland, Professor Francis Adesina of the department of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University, said the gradual changes in the weather pattern across the world has destroyed a large portion of the ecosystem in Nigeria.
He said agriculture and forestry are the worst affected in Nigeria, which he said has been worsened by human activity and human pressure.
According to him, Nigeria would need to make huge investment in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as awareness creation.
Dr. Lanre Awoshika of the Nigeria Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMAR) said the Lagos lagoon is under serious threat of erosion that would further compound the problem of land availability in the region and destroy aquatic life in addition to the risk on human life.
He said already, most of the houses close to the lagoon are being washed away twice a year and tons of sand is being lost due to the impact and the prevailing low topography of the area.
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