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Climate Change: Provide enough refuse dump sites, areas to reduce flooding – Expert tells FG

…Also links it to bandits, crimes.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

An expert, from Department of Environmental Science, Kaduna Polytechnic, Dr. Abdulkadir Rabiu Salisu, has called on governments at all levels to make provisions of enough refuse dump sites and temporary areas, in order to mitigate effect of climate change in Nigeria.

He made the call, while speaking on ‘Impact of Climate Change on Eco-environment in Africa’ in a program organized by Africa Institute of Waste Management and Environmental Studies (AIWMES) in collaboration with Africa Climate Change Reporters.

Dr. Salisu advised Nigerians to avoid indiscriminate dumping of refuse in waterways, saying, the effect of flood affects everybody not only those in riverine areas.

According to him, if government can provide enough refuse dump areas in all nooks and crannies of the country, flooding will reduce.

He lamented that, flood claimed over 500 lives in Nigeria, from January to October, saying that the effect of flood is devastating.

Dr. Salisu appealed to the government to make cooking gas available and affordable for Nigerians, in order to reduce cutting down of trees.

The Director, Africa Climate Change Reporters, Mallam Nurudeen Bello, urged journalists to always report environmental issues.

According to him, environmental issues are underreported, saying, some journalists report politics only, while lives are being lost on daily basis due to effect of climate change.

He also linked banditry, crimes and criminalities to climate change, adding that extreme shortage of food and poverty could adversary affected human beings and lead them into crimes.

He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to also settle issues with Cameroonian Government in order not to experience another flooding in the coming years.

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