President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that the adverse effects of climate change are threat to food security in Nigeria as flooding and drought are on the increase.
Speaking at the Conference of Parties 21 (COP21) in Paris, France, the President said such factors have resulted in the destruction of many economic and social structures.
“Like many countries, Nigeria continues to witness the adverse effects of climate change in all its ramifications.”
Presently, we are reeling under the challenges of climate change as the frequency and intensity of extreme events like floods and drought are on the increase.
“These challenges have resulted in the destruction of many economic and social structures, and, more worryingly, threatened our national food production and security.”
The magnitude of insurgency Nigeria is facing cannot be completely explained away without taking cognisance of the threat of climate change. Without a doubt, Climate change is threatening not only the sustainable development of our social and economic activities but also the totality of human existence in our country as in other parts of the world. At the sub-regional level, we are saddled with the challenge of the drying up of the Lake Chad Basin, which is resulting in the total wipe out of livelihoods of many communities surrounding this trans-boundary natural resource.
“Regrettably, the world is leaving behind millions of people who depend on the Lake for their survival. The Government of Nigeria welcomes the Lake Chad Development and Climate Resilience Plan, and the Lake Chad Basin Commission and international partners for designing this climate-based Plan. In all, the experience of countries sharing the Lake Chad further illustrates the mutual challenge we face today and which must be collectively addressed without further delay.”
The President said world leaders have a historic chance to save the planet by coming up with binding resolutions for sustainable development.
Noting that the conference must work to make Paris a global landmark in the history of climate change negotiations, the President said nations must scale up their commitment to ensure a successful outcome and contribute to transforming the world through sustainable development.
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