The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday commenced a stakeholders meeting on effects of climate change in Nigeria and ways to mitigate its impact on the country.
Alhaji Mustapha Mai-Haja, the Director General of the agency, who declared the meeting open in Yola, said the outcome would help strengthen disaster management in the country.
Mai-Haja was represented by Imam Abani, NEMA’s operation officer in charge of Adamawa and Taraba.
”This meeting is designed to bring together all major partners in climate change in order to review Disaster Management an identify the missing gaps.
” At the end of the meeting, the participants will be able to cone up with recommendations that will serve as guide for relevant authorities in disaster management,” he said.
In his remarks, Dr Muhammed Sulaiman, Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) noted that Nigeria and Adamawa in particular were vulnerable to climate change.
Sulaiman recalled that no fewer than six people lost their lives while property worth millions of naira were destroyed in the recent flood disasters linked to the climate change in the state.
He said that the state government was ready to implement the outcome of the deliberations, to enhance response to disasters and management.
Participants at the meeting included environmental management officials from federal and states, security agencies, International and local organizations as well as Humanitarian actors, among others.