The National Steering Committee on Technology Needs Assessment, TNA, on Climate Change has been urged to come out with practicable solutions to combat the challenges of desert and coastal encroachment in Nigeria.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu gave the challenge in Abuja while declaring open the Inception Workshop on Technology Needs Assessment TNA for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Applying Science and Technology
Dr Onu also called on research institutes to apply Science, Technology and Innovation to address the challenges of climate change in the country.
“The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is working closely with its Environment counterpart to work out solution and ensure that Nigeria solves problems associated with climate change,’’ he stated.
The Minister stressed the need to fight desert encroachment and other problems arising from depleting arable land since there would be nothing to present to the future generation.
He cited China and Israel as countries that have been able to fight desertification by converting dry land to arable land, saying they succeeded thereby in creating job opportunities and reducing poverty.
“Climate change is not something to fear, rather we should confront it and utilise all science, technology and innovation applications to create opportunities for economic and social development,” Dr. Onu said.
He noted that the major importance of the workshop was to achieve all aims, and with proper assessment of the situation, develop a roadmap that would help in proper confrontation of climate problems.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Bitrus Nabasu said that the workshop would help to build important links among stakeholders to enhance the capacity in acquiring Environmentally Sustainable Technologies across the country.
Mr Nabasu added that climate change would also support future investment, remove barriers and contribute to the diffusion of high priority technologies throughout key sectors of the national economy.
The representative of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, Dr. Reuben Bamidele said; “the organisation would be available to provide support to the government during the Technology Needs assessment process and in developing roadmap for climate change technology management in Nigeria.’’