Niger govt seeks partnership with NDDC to tackle effects of climate change
Niger State Governor, Umaru Bago, has sought the partnership of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) aimed at tackling the menace associated with climate change.
Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing COP28 Climate Summit in the United Arab Emirates, he stressed the need for the planting of trees to achieve the goal.
Bago said afforestation would check the high emission of green house gases.
The governor said Niger State has 76, 000 square kilometers of arable land which serve planting to plant trees as efforts towards balancing the ecosystem.
He said that in addressing climate change issues, it was critical to address three areas to include the root causes, its impact and the way forward.
He said Nigeria understands its importance on the African continent and in the world and cannot be taken for granted.
Bago said the country has woken up to the realities to understands that global warming is a reality.
He expressed the readiness of the country to combat global warming.
He said, “I am really happy to be part of this auspicious occasion. When the MD Of the NDDC spoke, he spoke very well. Now in undertaking climate change there are three very important levels. One, the root causes, which you explained very well, is the exploration of oil and also flaring of gas. The second issue is the impact of that activity to humanity and environment. The third one that I am sure you would have enumerated is what I would help you to do, which is the way forward. How do we mitigate this?
“Now, I am from Niger State. It is 76, 000 square kilometers of arable land. It has two major rivers flowing through, it has four hydropowered dams. And this land is arable. Now that we are here, we need to encourage the NDDC to join in the crusade of planting trees to balance the ecosystem. When you spoke about carbon credit, one of the advantages is planting trees. Where you have high emissions, the ecosystem is affected.
“Now where you have low emission, and you have plenty of reserve of land, what we need to do is to make sure we increase our capacity in afforestation, first. Secondly, to also prepare us to understand the challenges of agriculture is land preparation. So the companies who are in this exploration should come in as a corporate social responsibility in making sure that we afforestate our land and reduce emission. When you do that, you change an alternative source of energy. Instead of fossil fuel, we come back to green fuel or blue energy.”