Dr Benjamin Ubleble, the Senior Project Officer of National Coalition on Gas Flaring and Oil Spills in the Niger Delta (NACGOND), has called for increased awareness campaign on climate change at the grassroot level.
Ubleble made the call in Umuahia during a workshop organised by NACGOND, in collaboration with Foundation for Environmental Right Advocacy and Development (FERAD), on the theme, “Community sensitisation on adaptation to climate change in Abia.”
He said that communities ought to be educated on the best strategies for building resilience towards climate change.
“We expect that at the end of the day, the level of their awareness will change. This is the reason that informed our decision to choose to educate community leaders in Abia.
“These leaders will be the vanguards of our objective of helping communities build resilience to climate change,” Ubleble said.
Nelson Nwafor, the Founder of FERAD, hoped that the participants would take advantage of the workshop to learn more about the challenges of climate change in Abia.
“I believe that the deliberations which will take place at the workshop will produce solutions to the climate change challenges in the state.”
In his remark, Arisa Kalu, an Official of Abia Ministry of Petroleum, described the theme of the workshop as apt.
Kalu also said that the topic was an important determinant of socio-economic growth.
He called for intensive advocacy to address the challenges of climate change in the region, in order to reduce the resultant environmental degradation and other issues to the barest minimum.