FACED with a harsh climate
change emanating from the
drying up of Lake Chad,
Nigeria and some world bodies
have resolved to recharge it
with $15 billion.
The huge sum is expected
to be provided by Nigeria,
world bodies and international
donors as part of concerted
efforts to bring the lake back to
life.
A member of the House
of Representatives, Samuel
Onuigbo, who disclosed this in
Abuja, at the weekend, said the
drying up of the lake has led to
the loss of livelihood of those in
the region.
Besides, the loss of means
of livelihood, has given rise to
insecurity and migration.
The federal lawmaker, who
disclosed this at a media
forum, pleaded with the
Nigerian government to be
more serious and committed to
the grave challenges resulting
from climate change.
Onuigbo, who represents
Ikwuano/Umuahia North and
South Federal Constituency of
Abia State, noted that climate
change has been threatening
development across all sectors
of the economy.
Specifically, he disclosed that
climate change has contributed
immensely to drought, flood,
food and water scarcity
resulting in damages being
done to critical infrastructure.
The lawmaker noted with
regret that several archaic
practices such as gas flaring
and bush burning which
are still occurring in Nigeria
destroy the environment and
ultimately affect our climate.
“A culmination of these and
other effects have resulted in
various forms of insecurity
such as the now rampant
famers and herdsmen clash
and that of Boko Haram in
parts of the country.
He, however, expressed
happiness that the menace in
some parts of the country is
now attracting global bodies
like the United Nations
Security Council which had
passed some resolutions aimed
at reducing the effect of the
climate change.
Onuigbo said as part of
its own contribution, the
House of Representatives
has inaugurated the House
Committee on Climate Change
to effectively fashion out a
legislative agenda for climate
change and to show the
commitment of the National
Assembly toward migration
and the adaptation of the
effects of climate change.
He also pleaded with
President Muhammadu
Buhari to ensure that Nigeria
takes the lead in the provision
of financial support that will
ensure the recharge of Lake
Chad, so as to prevent the
negative effect of the complete
drying up of the lake.

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