Amb. Ahmed Shehu, the Regional Coordinator, Civil Society Network of Lake Chad Basin (CSNLB), has called on governments to collaborate with relevant stakeholders for effective campaign to mitigate disaster.
Shehu made the call at a two-day workshop on natural disaster and how to manage risk and crisis of climate change, in Abuja.
The workshop was organised by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, (NCF) in collaboration with (CSNLB) and the Humanitarian Forum, UK.
”My take is that government from federal to the local level should collaborate with stakeholders to ensure effective sensitisation campaign in various communities.
”The collaboration will help those communities to know the impact of climate change and disaster risk and how to manage the situation.
”The sensitisation campaign will also help to educate the communities to be eco-friendly.
“The communities should through the sensitisation know that cutting down of trees, destroying ecosystem, bush burning affect environment as well as causing disaster to the environment and people,” he said.
Counting the costs
Shehu also called for good governance practices and provision of instruments to implement climate activities and disaster risk in the country.
He said that insurgency and natural disaster had taken thousands of people’s livelihoods, especially in the northeast of the country.
He said that Lake Chad was shrinking and many people had lost their means of livelihood, adding that good governance could help to address the climate and disaster risk.
According to him, there is a gap in the response to disaster management in the country, especially in the northeast.
“So the CSOs from various states and relevant stakeholders have decided to gather in order to see how to address the climate change and insurgency issues and to address disaster risk reduction in Nigeria at large.
“I believe the workshop will bring greater change and intervention in the lives of those affected communities,” he said.
Shehu, however, advised the affected communities to take every possible precaution and support provided to them by the stakeholders as well as the government.