By Laide Akinboade
Lagos Commissioner for the Environment in Lagos State, Dr. Adeyemi Banire has raised alarm over the devastating effects of Climate Change on Nigeria.
In an address on Climate Change at the commissioning of ‘Building Nigeria’s response to Climate Change organized by Nigerian Environment Study/Action Team, (NEST).
He said in 2010 alone there were 373 natural disaster, economic loss of US 4110 billion and 300,000 people lost their lives and 207 million people were affected.
According to him, “The frequency of disasters around the globe has been increasing in an unprecedented manner in known human history. Climate Change is here with us and incontestable evidences abide that the globe is warming. The faster we realize this and act the better for us. Agreed that African countries contribute less to the devastating scourge of Climate Change, they are bill to suffer the most.”
He noted that before the independence in 1960, Nigeria conservation foundation was 30% but now it stood at just 4%.
“Today, Nigeria is known to be in the region of the most vulnerable countries to the climate change disasters. Desertification is ravaging 11 states including Katsina, Kano Borno, adamawa, Kebbi, Zamfara, Bauchi, Sokoto, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe. The increasing loss of vegetation has brought about intense heat resulting in meningitis, heat rash and heat wave.
Soil erosion occasioned by heavy rainfall is terribly degrading arable lands in the South east, causing gullies and destroying lives and property. States of the West are inundated by flooding while those abutting the Atlantic Ocean like Lagos, Ogun, Edo, Delta, Cross Rivers, Rivers, Akwa Ibom have been grappling with coastal erosion and flooding.”
Meanwhile, the death toll in Japan’s earthquake and tsunami will likely exceed 10,000 in one state alone, an official said Sunday, as millions of survivors were left without drinking water, electricity and proper food along the pulverized northeastern coast. “This is Japan’s most severe crisis since the war ended 65 years ago,” Prime Minister Naoto Kan said.According to the prime Minister, “the nation’s future would be decided by the choices made by each person and urged everyone to join in their determination to rebuild the nation. as the quake is country’s worst since World War II. There are fears Second nuclear reactor explosion as 22 people confirmed to have radiation poisoning following first blast. At least 1.4 million households had gone without water since the quake struck and some 2.5 million households were without electricity.
Large areas of the countryside were surrounded by water and unreachable. Fuel stations were closed and people were running out of gasoline for their cars. According to officials, more than 1,400 people were killed — including 200 people whose bodies were found Sunday along the coast — and more than 1,000 were missing in the disasters. Another 1,700 were injured. However, police said the death toll was likely far higher in the prefecture of Miyagi alone.
Miyagi police spokesman Go Sugawara said Sunday that the prefecture’s police chief told a gathering of disaster relief officials that his estimate for deaths in the prefecture was more than 10,000. Miyagi was one of the areas worst affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Nuclear fears.
Adding to the country’s woes, there were fears that a second nuclear reactor at the Dai-ichi power plant would explode Sunday and problems with three reactors at another power plant. On Saturday, Japan’s nuclear safety agency reported that radioactive cesium and iodine were detected near the Dai-ichi power plant after one of its reactor exploded. Authorities said the blast did not damage the containment structure surrounding the reactor.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency said it had upgraded the magnitude of Friday’s catastrophic earthquake to 9.0. The agency earlier measured it at 8.8. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 8.9.
The quake was already the biggest to hit Japan since record-keeping began in the late 1800s and one of the biggest ever recorded in the world.