The Niger State Governor, Mohammed Bago has said climate change challenges are partly responsible for the spate of insecurity being witnessed in the country.
Governor Bago stated this on Friday in Minna, the Niger State capital at a retreat on climate change organised by the Niger State Government for the House of Representatives Press Corps.
Represented by the Niger State Deputy Governor, Yakubu Garba, Bago described climate change as one of the biggest problems confronting the nation today.
He said, “In Nigeria, it (climate change) is a matter of concern to governments and experts because it is happening at a very frightening level.
“We have problems of flood, desertification, environmental pollution, etc, and despite efforts being made, the devastating effects of climate change are recorded yearly. Even part of the insecurity we face today is attributed to climate change, which deserves priority attention.
“Unfortunately, it seems some of these disasters are even underreported. Perhaps, the media is not adequately equipped to handle this.
“I believe that as journalists who report from the parliament, where laws are enacted, it is essential that you acquire the necessary skills and tools to mainstream climate change. This can enable you to set an agenda for the legislature and indeed the executive.”
Bago further gave reasons the Niger State Government is hosting a summit on Green Economy next week.
“The Government of Niger State under my leadership is prioritising climate change to mitigate natural and manmade disasters. This informs the decision to convoke a Green Economy Summit.