In a collaborative effort to address climate change and promote sustainable livelihoods, the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) and Yobe Government have trained 400 participants on various climate-friendly practices, including efficient waste management and recycling.
The NEDC State Coordinator, Mr Ali Abbas stated this at opening ceremony of the five-day training workshop on Monday in Damaturu.
He said training focused on four key areas to include waste collection and plastic recycling, watershed management, fabrication of energy-efficient stoves, and renewable energy.
“The aim of this training is to equip our people with the skills and knowledge to manage the environment effectively for a sustainable future.
“We are targeting over 400 participants across these diverse training categories,” he said.
He encouraged participants to actively engage with the expert facilitators and utilise the opportunity to gain valuable insights and updates that can improve their livelihoods and contribute to a healthier environment.
Alhaji Sidi Karasuwa, the Commissioner for Environment, expressed his gratitude to NEDC for partnering with the state government on this crucial initiative.
Karasuwa, represented by Alhaji Ahmad Muhammad, the Director of Climate Change said the training came at a critical time.
He noted that the world grapples with the severe challenges of climate change and environmental degradation.
The commissioner also highlighted the training’s potential to reduce reliance on firewood, a major source of livelihood in the state and ultimately protect the environment.
“Without tree preservation, our environment will continue to suffer degradation,” he warned.