Workshop participants stress need for sensitisation on climate change

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

Participants at the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) sensitization workshop have stressed need for more enlightenment on climate change.

The workshop in Kaduna was attended students, civil society organisations and community leaders.

The Director of Environment, Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Muazu Usman, lamented that most people still feigned ignorance of the hazards of climate change on the environment.

“Many people are yet to believe or understand what climate change is all about, so, sensitising them will be a step towards ensuring that they operate on climate favourable equipment at home.

“They will also be encouraged to engage in safe climate practices,” he said.

He explained that one of the mandates of NEWMAP project was how to handle and manage the environment for sustainable development.

The Coordinator of NEWMAP in Kaduna, Mr Jibril Dahiru, said the sensitisation was aimed at educating the stakeholders on the negative effects of the hazards, with a view to bringing about, a balanced ecosystem in communities.

In their separate remarks, participants at the workshop promised to engage in favourable environmental practices as part of their contribution towards ensuring a safer environment.

NEWMAP projects are being funded by the World Bank, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Environment and Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

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