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Kano Moves to Harness Strategies To Address Climate Change Issues

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By Ismail Garba Gwammaja

The Kano State Government says it is making efforts toward addressing the issue of Climate Change and other desertification problems to maintain a cleaner and greener environment that stands the test of time.

The State Commissioner for Environment and Climate Change Rt. Hon. Nasiru Sule Garo disclosed this today at a one-day summit organized by Surge Africa a non-governmental organization held in the Kano metropolis.

The Commissioner expressed appreciation for selecting Kano State to host the summit for the northwestern region which includes Jigawa State, Katsina, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kano State respectively.

Garo further explained the objectives of the summit were to bring all the stakeholders in the area of Climate Change Issues on board with a view to brainstorming, and sharing knowledge, and ideas from these different states on how best to tackle the issue of Climate Change and reduce emissions in our environment so that together we will safeguard our ecosystem and eco-restoration and by extension mitigate the issue of land degradation and desertification, he added.

The commissioner expressed optimism that, looking at the timber and Caliber of the participants coupled with the role expected to play by each Commissioner and the Honourable Chairmen House Committee on Environment more robust documents will be presented that will serve as driving tools for this process.

He, therefore, highlighted some of the measures or strategies adopted by the present administration towards addressing the climate change issues, which include changing the name of the Ministry of Environment to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, reviving the operations and mandate of Water Shed Erosion and Climate Change Management Agency ( WECCMA) to its full operations by assigning the Executive Secretary to manned the mantle leadership, also The Refuse Management Sanitation Agency (REMASAB) and The ACReSAL as well as organizing a two days workshop for climate change policy by WECCMA in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders among other interventions by Kano State government.

Earlier, in her address the founder of Surge Africa, Nasreen Al-Ameen Said this gathering is a platform for cross-fertilization of ideas, opinions, and knowledge on how to bound together, especially the northwestern region which is considered as the most vulnerable States that are mostly affected by the climate change issues, Flooding, Erosion as well as low production in agriculture and the need to put all hands on deck for prompt and quick response to this issue.

She then commended the Kano State government for accepting the hosting rights of this one-day summit and also commended other commissioners of Environment and their Chairmen House Committee on Environment for attending the summit despite their tight schedules, it’s quite impressive, she maintained.

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