Dr Musa Ibrahim, Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR), stated this at the 7th regional workshop on the effect of climate change on water resources development and management which held in Ilorin, kwara state.
Ibrahim who was represented by Mr. Segun Babarinde, Head of Climate Change FMWR, said that the purpose of the training workshop is to create awareness on impacts of climate change on Water Resources development and management in Nigeria by bringing together scientists, engineers, environmentalists and other stakeholders in the sector to proffer solution to the effects of climate change.
He added that climate change is a global phenomenon affecting countries across the world and advised people around the world and Nigeria in particular to be part of the solution, “together we have the power to limit the effects of climate change.” he noted.
According to him, “In Northern Nigeria, we have cases of drought and desertification, while in the Southern part of the country, effects on sea level rise is becoming increasingly obvious”.
He said that there is need to develop suitable adaptation programmes towards enhancing capacity of the people through regular training.
Also speaking, Engr. Saheed Aremu, Managing Director of Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, commended Federal Government for organizing the training workshop.
Aremu however urged the resource persons to come up with recommendations that would help ease the effects of climate change in Nigeria relating to water resources development and management.