The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen recently made the declaration during the ‘High-Level Presentation Ceremony of the Climate Clock to Nigeria’, in Abuja.
According to her, Nigeria is the first African country to receive the climate clock, and this serves as a reminder to Nigerians and world leaders to act quickly towards resolving issues concerning climate change.
He added that FG is continuously pulling efforts to fight climate change in the country, and it’ll keep working with the local, national and global climate community towards meeting the set climate target.
His words, “Climate change is a global issue, impacting different parts of the world and at varying degrees. However, developing countries like Nigeria have less capacity to adapt to climate change impacts. In that order, women and the vulnerable groups have the least capacity to adapt to the impacts. So, when you are looking for the face of climate change- look at the face of the women.”
“This is quite evident in our communities in Nigeria, where over 60 percent of the workforce in the agriculture sector are women.”
“The impact of climate change in Nigeria is huge. The drying up of Lake chad to 10 percent of its original size has caused undue hardship to the lives in that region. It has adversely affected lives and livelihoods and increased the vulnerability of our young ones to restiveness and militancy.”
“Nigeria is losing about 5 kilometers a year to desertification, causing force migration, loss of farmlands, and untold hardship to communities and families. Women and children are most impacted by this hardship.”
“Flooding has become a yearly event in Nigeria, I recall news items where mothers have helplessly watched their homes overtaken by flood, farmlands lost and in some cases, like in Akwa Ibom State, a mother struggled to save her toddler from the wave of flood but she lost out to the flood.”
“It is, therefore, a great pleasure that today, the Climate Clock is being launched in Nigeria, the first African nation to have it and women are well represented.”
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