Climate change responsible for Nigeria’s security challenge – Akume

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume, has blamed the country’s security challenges on climate change.

Akume said this at the launch of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution Implementation Framework (NDC-IF) (2023-2030) on Thursday in Abuja.

Represented at the event by his Senior Special Assistant (Technical), Prof Bolaji Babatunde, the minister stressed that the insecurity in the country was largely ecological.

“I have to sing it loud that one of the reasons for insecurity in the country is largely ecological. The issue of climate change should not be taken lightly especially for the country Nigeria.” 

He said that the NDC-IF document was of immense contribution to tackling climate change issues in the country.

Akume noted that the framework which was a national tool designed to ensure coordination, transparency and resource mobilisation would create awareness on how to mitigate climate change in the country.

“The mobilisation of finance for the effective implementation of NDC is imperative. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the window to limit global warming to 1.5° centigrade is rapidly closing in,” Akume said.

According to him, climate change knows no borders and so the changes threaten not only the environment but also the socio-economic fabric of communities worldwide.

“The NDC-IF is not just a document but also a roadmap for transformative action.

“It lays out strategies, policies and measures that will guide our efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions, enhance resilience and foster sustainable development,” he added.

Also speaking during the event, the Minister of Environment, Malam Balarabe Lawal, said that the NDC-IF revealed the urgent need to address climate change and mitigation in the country.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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