NEDC, Yobe state Govt. train 200 on climate change mitigation

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In an effort to combat a climate change in the region, the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) and Yobe state Government have commenced a five-day training workshop for over 200 participants on mitigating the effects of climate change.

Mr. Ali Mai Muktar, the NEDC Assistant Manager, Yobe office, said this at the training on Monday in Damaturu.

He said the North-East had suffered devastating effects from the Boko Haram insurgency alongside other environmental problems posed by climate change.

“A better environment means a better lifestyle for everyone. This is why the commission sees it very necessary to invest in environmental sustainability in the region,” he said.

Mai Muktar said that the participants were selected from all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of the state.

According to him, this inclusive approach aimed to ensure a comprehensive understanding of climate change challenges and foster the development of solutions across various sectors.

Speaking at the occasion, Alhaji Sidi Karasuwa, the Commissioner for Environment said that the issue of climate change was a top priority at both national and international levels due to its impact on lives and livelihoods.

Represented by Mr. Ahmed Muhammed, the Director of Climate Change, the commissioner noted that the United Nations had already identified climate change as one of the most serious challenges affecting humanity in this century.

“Therefore, there is a need for all hands to be on deck to address the challenge,” he said.

Karasuwa said that Yobe had suffered severe flooding two years ago, leading to the loss of many lives, public infrastructure, and economic activities as a result of climate change’s impact.

Mr. Bala Muhammed, the Lead Consultants called on the participants to give maximum cooperation and make the training session participatory.

He also encouraged the attendees to use the knowledge gained during the training session for better environmental sustainability.

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