Abuja – Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, says it is planning “ Safe Climate March’’ to educate people on negative effects of climate change in Benue.
Mr Richard Inyamkume, Senior Programme Officer of the initiative told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that the march would sensitise residents to the danger of climate change.
“We are going to train citizens on climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and empower them to take action to curb the impact of climate change in communities.
“This will be done through the support of government, the office of Sustainable Development Goals, religious and educational institutions, other non-governmental and community-based organisations within the state.
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“We heard that thousands of people had already been displaced; houses and farmlands submerged and ruined by the forces of overflowing water in Benue.
“This is, no doubt, an indication that there is something abnormal happening to our environment.
“I believe that the weather event that the Benue people and other people across the globe are experiencing is connected to climate change,’’ he said.
Inyamkume commended what he described as rapid response to the flood challenge in Benue through mobilisation of resources to reach out to the internally displaced persons.
He, nonetheless, said more efforts needed to be done to check flooding across the country.(NAN)