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Women make case for climate change

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI — THE Niger Delta Women’s Movement for Peace and Development, a non-governmental organisation, has suggested that global climate change could be addressed through human security lens and said it requires immediate global action to mitigate and adapt to the climate changes.

It said the impact of climate has severely affected women as a result of water pollution from oil spillage, agriculture and poor household waste disposal, stating that the group was determined to strengthen the bridge between women, poverty and climate change.

This was contained in a press statement signed by the group’s National President and Chairman, Jury, Mrs Caroline Usikpedo-Omoniye and Kelechi Nnadi, a lawyer, respectively, which was made available to newsmen in Ughelli, Delta State, Saturday.

It pointed out “the oil multi-nationals operating in the Niger Delta region as well as the Federal Government of Nigeria contributed in no small measure to the deplorable poverty solution and the effect of climate change in the Niger Delta communities.

“It is therefore recommended that concerted efforts should be made by both the Federal Government of Nigeria and the multi-national companies to provide potable water to Odi, clean up the environment continuously that is polluted through the diverse and devious oil exploration and exploitation activities by the multi-nationals.

“It is specifically recommended that river embankments be constructed at Odi town to forestall further erosion of River bank and save further loss of lives, dwelling houses and save the farmland from the river. Dredging of the river may be helpful in the circumstance.

“The construction of skill acquisition centres, provision of electricity and / or increased power supply to these communities is also recommended for arresting the poverty and economic hardship experience by the women in these communities.

“It is generally recommended that global action should be taken in the form of policy formation and development which will serve as a blue print to environmental recovering and human adaptation.”

It concluded that poverty and economic hardship was real in the Niger Delta communities and stated that urgent steps ought to be taken to address the core issues of climate change and oil pollution that has exacerbated these phenomena.


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