The challenges posed by climate change, according to Niger State Governor Mohammed Bago, are partially to blame for the recent spike in insecurity seen around the nation.
At a climate change retreat for the House of Representatives Press Corps that was organized by the Niger State Government on Friday in Minna, the capital of Niger State, Governor Bago made this statement.
Yakubu Garba, the deputy governor of Niger State, represented Bago, who cited climate change as one of the nation’s most pressing issues.
According to him, governments and experts are concerned about climate change in Nigeria since it is occurring at a startlingly rapid pace. Despite efforts, we still face issues with environmental pollution, desertification, and floods.
He stated, “Climate change is a concern to governments and experts in Nigeria since it is occurring at a very alarming level. Floods, desertification, environmental pollution, and other issues plague us, and despite our best efforts, yearly reports document the disastrous repercussions of climate change. Even some of the current insecurity we experience is a result of climate change, which demands immediate intervention.
Sadly, it appears that some of these catastrophes are even underreported. It’s possible that the media is underprepared to cover this. I think it’s crucial that you develop the abilities and resources to mainstream climate change as journalists who cover the legislature, where laws are passed. You can use this to determine the legislative and executive branches’ agendas.
Bago added justifications for why the Niger State Government will organize a summit on the green economy the following week.
“Under my direction, the Niger State government prioritizes addressing climate change to lessen the impact of both natural and man-made disasters. This influences the choice to call a summit on the green economy.
Our efforts to educate the public about preventive actions to preserve lives and lessen damage to property and infrastructure have increased since I took office. We are willing to work with the media to advance this campaign and develop plans to bring climate change issues to the forefront,” he continued.
Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Abubakar Suleiman, urged the media to play a proactive role in educating the public about the significance of climate change policies and their role in the preservation of the environment in his keynote address, which had the theme “The role of the media in mainstreaming climate change policies.”
The NILDS DG was represented by Mr. Kudu Abubakar, General Manager of Democracy Radio, and he stated, “The media must keep the legislature informed about issues and developments in climate change policies so that when it fails, it can be held accountable.”
The House of Representatives Press Corps chair, Grace Ike, emphasized the significance of the media in the sharing of information earlier in her welcome statement.
“As everyone knows, the media has a big impact on how society develops. And any public figure or elected representative who knows their stuff and wants to succeed will always court the media because no matter how brilliantly you do, if the media does not tell your story, your accomplishments will remain mysterious and unknown.
“Climate change has, as we are all aware, had a variety of effects on our daily lives. Our ecosystem and environment have been impacted by this. It’s interesting to note that the government is also developing a number of strategies to lessen the effects of global warming, not just in Niger State. As a result, it is our duty as reporters to convey and effectively spread this information, she stated.
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