The Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has warned that an inter-governmental panel on climate change revealed that many coastal mega cities including Lagos, Port Harcourt and others, would witness weather catastrophe by 2050.
Best News Network reports that this was made known on Thursday by the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi during a side event on “Scaling up Climate Change Adaptation in Nigeria”, organised by the Federal Ministry Environment in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, at the ongoing COP27 event in Egypt.
However, he stated that the government was already taking steps to mitigate this through the provision of information on future actions required by cities that projected to be affected by the climate change effects.
According to a statement released to newsmen, low line coastal cities in Nigeria will witness weather catastrophe affecting millions of people and properties and causing devastation
The statement read in part, “Abdullahi, quoting the report of the inter-governmental panel on climate change, affirmed that by 2050 many coastal mega cities like Lagos, Port Harcourt and other low line coastal cities in Nigeria will in a century witness weather catastrophe every year affecting millions of people and properties and causing devastation.
“Consequently, Nigeria has taken bold step to develop the adaptation communication guided by the NAP (National Adaptation Plan) Global Network.
“The adaptation communication will play central role in identifying national needs and enable international follow up while informing future action, driving ambition and contributing information for the global stock taking.”
He warned that no individual ministry could confront the challenges alone, warning that the challenges of climate change were enormous.
“We are calling for joint and cooperative efforts to tackle the problem, it is therefore pertinent that we begin to take our pledges into action as take away from COP27,” he stated.
Also speaking, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, disclosed that the government would scale up climate change adaption in Nigeria through her ministry.
“Our communities are composed of the poor, elderly, children and persons living with disabilities, and the additional effect of climate change has rendered them more vulnerable than they already are,” she said.