The Commandant, National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Alhaji Ayodele Adeleke, has identified global climate change as likely cause of farmers/herders clashes, drought, loss of farmland; desert encroachment; food insecurity; and migration.
Adeleke made the submission, Thursday, at workshop organised for participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC 15) with the theme: The Global Climate Challenge: Prospects and Priorities for Economic Development and Conflict Resolution in Africa.
The Commandant, who maintained that the attendant effect of climate change on human lives could not be overemphasized, however, expressed hope that workshop would provide perspectives on the challenges occasioned by climate change, and mitigation approaches.
“We are all aware of the Global Climate Change and its Attendant Effects on human lives: loss of farmland; desert encroachment; food insecurity; drought; migration; farmers-herders clash et cetera”, the institute’s boss said.
According to him: “The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) also known as the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1992, United Nations Climate Change Conference 2015 – COP 21 (Paris Agreement), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 2021 – COP 26 (Glasgov – Scotland) and other coalitions highlighted how different social, economic and environmental factors are interdependent and evolve together and how success in one sector requires action in other sectors to be sustained over time.
“The presentations and discussions of today will create an avenue to dissect both sides of Climate Challenge, the Pros and Cons.
“How has it affected the Environment and the inhabitants negatively and can it in anyway impact positively on our Economy? What are the conflicts associated with Climate Challenge and how have they been or can be resolved? What further impact is the Russia and Ukraine war having on the theme?
“This Seminar will be thought provoking and it is on this note, that I appreciate the Keynote Presenter and the Discussants for agreeing to impact on the Participants. I therefore, enjoin the Participants and all of us here today, to pay rapt attention for our individual and collective benefits.”
He explained that the annual seminar was one of the highlights of the Executive Intelligence Management Course, which was why the Institute placed utmost premium in selecting the components of the seminar.
The programme witnessed presentations by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar (UNICAL), Prof. Florence Obi; Prof. Kayode Oyesiku; Prof. Ebele Amali, as well as Prof. Patricia Donli.