Nigeria risks losing close to 9 billion dollars annually (about N135 billion) from the adverse effects of global warming, if nothing is done to avert the looming catastrophe in the country.
A University don, Prof. Labode Popoola, gave the warning on at a Capacity Building Workshop on Climate change in Ota, Ogun State.
Popoola, a Professor of Forest Economics and Dean, Post Graduate School at the University of Ibadan Oyo State, called on the Federal Government to show serious concern on the dangers posed by climate change.Â The 6-day workshop for Parliamentary Staff of State and National Assemblies was organised by Africa Leadership Forum to enhance the capacity of the participants on their legislative and oversight functions.
Earlier, in his paper entitled: â€œUnderstanding Climate Change: Context, Drivers and Impacts,â€ Popoola, also disclosed that 80 per cent of the inhabitants of the Niger Delta â€œâ€stand the risk of being displaced as a result of climate changeâ€.Â Popoola, whose paper was presented by Dr Jimoh Saka, a lecturer in the university, listed other adverse consequences of climate change to include intensified desertification, flooding and land degradation amongst others.
â€œClimate change may also result in Nigeria losing 800 km of its coastline to erosion,â€ he further warned. The professor identified growth in human population, increased consumption of earthâ€™s resources, enhanced technology, economic advances and changes in organisation of human societies, as the drivers responsible for climatic change.
He said that government could reduce the threat posed by climate change by planting trees by the road side, avenues, open spaces, recreation areas, as well as establishing home gardens, woodlots and landscaping. In another paper entitled: â€œSectoral Impacts of Climate Change,â€ Popoola also warned that climatic change would have negative impact on three key sectors of the nationâ€™s economy namely the environment, agriculture and health.