ByÂ Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”UNDP team leader from Geneva, New York and South African, Mr.Â Christopher Nuttal, yesterday at a forum in Asaba, said Delta State government has set the pace in the global actions on climate change by being the first in the country to formulate a policy to mitigate and adapt to its devastating effects.
He noted that the policy covered such broad areas as low-carbon and climate resilient development strategies, water management, public health issues, climate protection, reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions among others.
State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bello Orubebe, stated that â€œDelta State is the only sub-national to be admitted to this great league.Â Â It is because of the determination and intellectual prowess of our amiable governor, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, and his unparalleled vision for sustainable development.
â€œWe are here to demonstrate that we are true disciples of these two great men. Some others lack political will and support but in Delta State, we have that political will and support both from His Excellency, the governor of Delta State and the Deputy Governor.
â€œAs a ministry, we have attempted to frame the climate change, weâ€™ve looked at mediation and weâ€™ve also looked at adoption.
“We are the first state in sub-Saharan Africa to develop a programme on climate change. We have submitted this to the stakeholdersâ€™ forum in February and after the stakeholdersâ€™ forum, weâ€™ve embarked on consultations and weâ€™ve been dealing with communities,â€ he added.