Climate change: Fashola, minister, others raise alarm
By OLUWOLE FAROTIMI
Wednesday April 11 , 2012
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Minister of the Environment, Hajia Hadiza Mailafia, Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment, Senator Bukola Saraki and other stakeholders at the fourth Lagos State summit on climate change, yesterday raised the alarm over its negative effects, saying they could result in the displacement of many Nigerians.
The summit, which brought together, government officials, environmentalists and members of the diplomatic corps noted that desertification encroaching in the landscape of Northern Nigeria and the devastating effects of coastal erosion and flooding in Southern part of the country could cause a major imbalance in the settlement pattern of residents in the country, if nothing is done to arrest the situation.
In his address, Governor Fashola emphasized that the annual summit is one of the steps the state government has taken, to curb the effects of the global scourge threatening to wipe out humanity.
The governor at the summit tagged,” Vulnerability And Adaptability To Climate Change In Nigeria,” championed by the state said those hitherto argued that climate change is a figment of overactive scientists had in the face of the increasing weather extremes witnessed across the globe admitted that the phenomenon posed serious threats.
“Many of us are living witness to the16 hours of rainfall in Lagos on July 10, 2011 and the deaths and destruction left behind. In August 16 last year, a heavy rainstorm ravaged some parts of Ibadan, Oyo State, resulting in flooding that destroyed many lives and property.
In her keynote address Hajiya Mailafia remarked that the menace of the climate change has put many lives at risks, causing desertification, erosion, flooding which in turn threatens food security, peace and security of lives and property.
Also speaking, , Senator Bukola Saraki who spoke on the ‘Role of Senate in Combating Ecological Disasters’ in the country said concerted effort is required to combat the effects of climate change and global warning.
Saraki who was represented by Mr. Kingsley Amaku said there is need for the enactment of law to meet the present realities and international standards, to effectively tackle the challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation.