Stakeholders decried the state of degradation of the Nigerian environment due to a lack of adequate awareness associated with the challenges arising from climate change and global warming.
They said it on this year’s World Environment Day, WED, with the theme: Ecosystem Restoration, which focuses on resetting the relationship with nature.
Celebrated on June 5 each year, WED is the United Nations Day to Promote Global Environmental Awareness and Action, which has become the world’s largest platform for public awareness of the environment and celebrated by millions of people around the world.
Professor Babajide Alo from the University of Lagos Linkage Center for Environmental Human Resource Development, said Nigeria’s environment still faces deforestation, mismanagement of biodiversity and the impacts of climate change.
He listed others such as drought and desertification, flooding, soil and coastal erosion, water and crude oil pollution, industrial contamination of air and water bodies. , urban degradation and poor management of municipal waste.
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He attributed some of the environmental problems causing security threats in the country to the migration of herdsmen to the south in search of fodder for their cattle.
He instructed government at all levels, the private sector and other stakeholders to use the DEM message to consider restoring a degraded environment and an impoverished population.
“They should take steps to implement national environmental policy strategies, sector policies and action plans on different environmental issues and embark on the enforcement of desirable environmental laws,” he said. -he declares.
For his part, the director of the Health Foundation of Mother Earth, HOMEF, Nnimmo Bassey, stressed that the violence in the country has a direct negative impact on the environment, adding: âSome citizens and legal persons have used the situation. current to wreak havoc on ecosystems. at dramatic levels.
âThere is continued plunder of forest resources and ecosystems through illegal logging for export. This is happening in broad daylight and the systems of government that should protect forests and communities appear to be either in a coma or complicit. “
Bassey advised Nigeria to end environmental recklessness, saying: “It can be done by ensuring education in environmental responsibility and health at all levels of education.”
In addition, the director of the Center for Climate Change and Development, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, told the Guardian that Nigeria is not on track to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions, objective of the NDCs.
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