Abuja – The Community Emergency Response Initiative (CERI), an NGO, on Monday in Abuja urged the public to brace up to the likely effects of 2014 seasonal rainfall prediction made by Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET).
Mr Benson Attah, the Executive Director of CERI, said that the prediction would assist in climate change mitigation.
NIMET predicted that most parts of the country would witness shorter rainy and planting seasons and that the temperature pattern in 2014 would not be significantly different from that of 2013.
According to the agency, the country will witness normal harmattan coupled with hot season between January and April.
“It is always good that we are alerted and there is need now to put all hands on deck to ensure that we work on the reality to avert any consequence from the prediction.’’
Attah urged the public not to ignore the prediction because the 2013 editions did not occur as expected.
The environmentalist urged other stakeholders in the sector to intensify efforts in their sensitisation programmes to create more awareness on the likely effects of climate change.
Attah also urged the Federal Government to provide an alternative toward addressing any effect the prediction would have on agriculture.
He said the prediction which advised farmers to use early maturing species in their cropping, also said that livestock production was most likely to be affected except, if adequate preventive measures were taken.
Attah stated that the public should also be concerned about the usual extreme climate events observed from climate variables.
He called for improved sanitation, adding that the public must expect some level of discomfort as heat and extreme cold- related ailments would be prevalent.
According to him, the prediction will assist health practitioners and governments to make contingency plans in the event of disease outbreak.
NAN recalls that NIMET predicted that rainfall onset dates would vary between first week of March (especially in the South) and late June in the far northern parts.
It said that most eastern and western parts of the country were expected to have delayed onset by about a week while onset will be normal in Sokoto, Kano, Nguru, Potiskum, Gombe, Bauchi, Jos and Lafia.
Other areas expected to have delayed onset of rains are Bida, Oshogbo, Ijebu-ode, Illorin, Asaba, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Calabar. (NAN)