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Nigeria May Lose 1.3 Trillion to Climate Change



Africa Leadership Forum Secretariat

The Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Kjell Lillerud, June 1, 2010 admonished Nigerian politicians to take the issue of climate change very seriously, just as the Executive Director of the Africa Leadership Forum Ota, Ogun State underscored the catastrophic effect of the phenomenon on human and natural resources.

"The expected impact of the impending global warming is not lost on Nigeria. The 800km long coast line, intensified desertification, erosion and flooding disasters and general land degradation as well as other risky practices, puts us in a vulnerable position with an estimated $9billion (about N1.36 trl) likely to be lost as a result of the catastrophe with about 80 percent of the inhabitant of the Niger Delta likely to be displaced." Aderinwale said.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of a 5-day training capacity building workshop for Parliamentary Support staff of National and State Assemblies in Nigeria, the Ambassador called for concerted efforts to mitigate the challenges posed by climate change.

Ambassador Lillerud said there Nigerian politicians "need in-depth knowledge of the climate change and how it affects various parts of Nigeria" as well as how national policies are linked to international and global political processes. He therefore called on parliamentarians to "think globally and act locally", over the phenomenon that he acknowledged as global.

"Politicians have a crucial role to play in climate policy in order to find effective and sustainable solution to some of the very difficult problems and parliamentarians must make informed decisions", he added because"Nigeria is situated in an important part of the world where there are immense challenges".

Aderinwale had stated that Africa is the most vulnerable continent in the world, "though our contribution to the global greenhouse gas emission is the least." He highlighted essence of the workshop as a response mechanism to the evidently and fragmentary nature of the parliament in Nigeria and to improve the capacity of their oversight and legislative functions.

Supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development and Cooperation (NORAD), the workshops hopes to train 360 technically competent and professionally committed senior legislative aides on key issues of Millennium development Goals, Gender Mainstreaming and Budgeting, Extractive Industry Governance, Public Financial management, Security and Safety and the Africa Peer Review Mechanism within the next three years.














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