Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, has said in advocacy that mitigation and adaptation are the most viable global remedies to Climate Change, stating that the options have become imperative for the survival of the human civilisation.
Fashola, who spoke at the LCCI Conference and Exhibition Centre, venue of the Nigeria Urban Design Forum recently, noted that despite that aforementioned remedies constitute only mitigation strategies that are necessary as short term measures, the long term solution to climate change was a change in human behaviour.
Mr. Hakeem Bello, Special Adviser on Communications to the Minister conveyed this message in a statement to newsmen, where Fashola noted that since the climate has changed already, the mitigation-adaptation options being advocated were changes being dictated by the necessity to survive the impact of the phenomenon already being experienced across the globe in one form or the other.
Describing the Planet as “our shield, our roof, our home and our floor”, the Minister declared, “We can only now seek to correct or remedy what is amenable to correction and remedy”, adding that, whatever humans got out of the climate while here, would depend on what they were ready to give back to it.
“Whatever the naysayers may have said in the past, the abundance of evidence has clearly demonstrated that not only is the threat of climate change real, its impact is already being felt and human beings are perhaps the most vulnerable”, he said, listing such changes to include diminishing fresh water sources, desertification and loss of arable land and high water levels and flooding.
Others, according to Fashola, are survival induced conflict in the search for land, food, and water, higher cost-of-living arising from volatile rises and crashes in the cost of oil and hydrocarbons as sources of energy for fuel, heating, lighting and production of goods and services. He warned, “The human civilisation faces a turbulent survival”.
Fashola noted that changes being experienced in the country already include “erosion of coastal waterfronts, loss of property and lives as a result of flooding, loss of grazing land as a result of desert encroachment, diminution of Lake Chad, silting of many rivers, requiring humongous capital outlay to re-dredge and maintain them to serve their sustenance purpose of transport and agriculture, clashes between herdsmen and communities, power outages, high cost of fuel, electricity and drinking water among others.
“And to achieve the required objective of adaptation and mitigation, “The way we use land, the way we use electricity, the way we use petrol, the way we use water, the way we use transport facilities and the way we do many other things that we took for granted now demand a rethink and adaptation,” he noted.

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