14 September 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
Nigeria needs a comprehensive data to work out effective measures to check the impact of climate change in the country.
Part of the measure is to integrate climate change education into the school curriculum.
Former Director General of the Nigeria Metrological Agency, NiMet, Dr. Anthony Anuforom, gave the advice in a chat with Radio Nigeria in Abuja.
Dr Anuforom explained that impact of climate change could be reduced by enlightening people about the causes, and ensuring that individuals and communities were prepared to cope with the impact through adaptation to mitigation measures.
According to the former NiMet Director General, integration of Climate Change education into school curriculum as envisaged in the National Policy on Climate Change, would reduce the impact, especially in states that are vulnerable to flood disasters.
Dr. Anuforom therefore advised State governments to liaise with NiMet to disseminate whether forecast in local languages as part of the Climate Change education Programme.
The former NiMet Director General said Lake Chad and other lakes in the country were drying up and at risk of disappearing while Temperature had risen significantly since the 1980s.
“Climate projections for the coming decades reveal a significant increase in temperature over all the ecological zones” Dr. Anuforom added.
He stressed that there were few comprehensive reports and papers that provided useful evidence and discussion of the various impacts of climate change throughout Nigeria.
Dr. Anuforom explained that the vast majority of the literature that provided evidence of climate change impacts and responses, however, focused on the agricultural sector and on individual farming communities in particular regions of the country.
Meanwhile a statement by the World Bank indicates that Climate change could force 216 million people across six world regions to migrate within their countries by 2050, with Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for 86 million.