ActionAid, SWOFON, others task govt on climate change

Civil society groups comprising ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), Environmental Rights Action (ERA), Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON) and others have tasked the federal government to take the lead and urgently scale up mitigation actions if we are to have a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5 o c and preventing runaway climate change .

The Country Director of AAN, Ene Obi, while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, in commemoration of the 2019 Global Climate Strike, said there is need to focus on massive public financing of agroecology both at local, states and federal levels .

According to her, national policies and plans to strengthen adaptation and response to climate emergencies should urgently be implemented.

She called on the need to provide adequate public finance, including innovation sources to implement climate adaptation and mitigation plans and assist people recover from climate impacts.

Obi said ActionAid, in the cause of her work in communities across Nigeria, has seen firsthand the realities of climate change.

She further called on the Nigerian government to take urgent and immediate action to ensure that all aspects of the lives of an average Nigerian is climate proof.

Also, FCT Secretary of SWOFO,  Nnanna Mercy, said climate change is a great factor that should be managed as there is a lot of wastage in terms of climate change .

She said the federal government should step up in providing information dissemination in early warning system.

She lamented that their farms are being washed away as a result of flood adding that agriculture is a moving trend and should be carried along.

Earlier, the Project Officer of ERA, Chinyere Opia, urged the FG for action and the need for us all to go green.

She said the country is investing more money in oil which is a very bad track record for the country .

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