• FUGASHUA Don Advocates Ways to Mitigate Effect of Climate Change.

    A Professor at the Federal University, Gashua in Yobe state, Prof. Ishaya Dauda, has advocated ways to mitigate the effect of climate change in our society.

    Prof. Dauda, who is the Director of the Centre for Irrigation and Desertification studies at the institution identified issues such as Policy initiative; Agricultural Development as well as awareness and education as part of measures to adopt in addressing the impact of climate change in Nigeria.

    In a paper title “Climate Change: The Nigerian Experience” which he presented at the first public lecture organized by the University recently, the university don said that the essence of the topic is to sensitize the general public at the grass root level on the realities of climate change.

    He stressed that in recent times all countries in the world have been threatened by changes in climate conditions rising from drought, delayed rainfall, continues flooding and rise in temperature, adding that in Nigeria Gas flaring, Desertification, bush burning, overgrazing, Deforestation as well as oil spillage has been identified as major causes of climate change.

    Earlier in his welcome address the chairman of the occasion who is also the Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Andrew Haruna, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Services, Professor Johnson Sunday Alao, described the lecture as timely saying the world is witnessing rapid growth in Climate Change.

    Contributing to the paper the Deputy Director Academic Planning University of Maiduguri Yusufu N. Lassa and S.A Oladimeji of the Department of Geography Umar Suleiman Collage of Education Gashua, said climate change is a serious phenomenon that need the attention of all stakeholders because of its impact on the environment and general life of the people stressing the need for adequate sensitization of people on the need to safeguard the environment.

    Others who contributed to the paper are of the view that even without legislation people can personally contribute their quarter in addressing the situation suggesting that the lecture presented be reduce into pamphlets and bulletins which should be interpreted in Hausa and other local languages to be distributed to the people at the grassroots level.


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