By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—DELTA State, which is one of the coastal states in the country might be totally submerged by water, if the current global projections that the sea level is expected to rise to 15 centimeter in year 2099 is anything to go by.
The frightening news was dropped in Asaba, during a stakeholders forum on Territorial Approach To Climate Change, TACC, while Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, who was worried by the information, said that he was already putting up legal framework to allow the state keyed into the Green Economy Initiatives of the international agencies, even after his tenure.
Giving an overview of the Territorial Approach to Climate Change programme in Delta State, the Permanent Secretary/Head, Climate Change Unit in the state Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Felicia Adun, explained in detail the vulnerability of the state.
She said: “The current global projections have shown that sea level will rise by 8cm – 15 cm between 2019 and 2099. From the present situation, if such prediction comes to pass, Delta State will be totally submerged.”
Governor Uduaghan, who moderated the discussions at the forum, said that apart from putting proper legal structures in place to sustain the drive towards reducing the effects of climate change, which he noted was he already doing “we have to help ourselves when it comes to dealing with issues of climate change.
“It breaks my heart when people cut down trees, we should as much as possible try to preserve the trees as they do more for the environment that just provide sheds.”