Climate change is reportedly the defining issue in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. This is as a result of the state facing various forms of environmental degradation attributable to its geographical location and other natural and human induced factors.
Consequently, the government of Akwa Ibom state is organizing a summit with the theme, ‘’Charting a Roadmap for Sustainable Environment and Creation of Green Jobs’’ and is scheduled to hold from July 26 to 28, 2016 in Uyo the Akwa Ibom State.
The event promises to attract a gathering of experts, intellectuals and major stakeholders in the environment/climate change, in strategic and high level sessions to address salient issues, generate new ideas and approaches as well as chart a roadmap to combat the scourge of climate change in Nigeria, particularly in the Niger Delta area.
According to the state Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Iniobong Ene Essien, who was represented by Mr. Samuel Bassey of the Governor’s Office in Lagos, the state has been worse hit by the development of climate change, which has impacted negatively on various sectors of its economy. There are some coastal and riverine communities in the state many of which have already been forced to relocate due to excessive sea level rise and attendant flooding.
However, speaking at the World Media Chat on the First Akwa Ibom State Climate Change and Clean Energy Mega Summit/Expo 2016 at the weekend, the commissioner assured that the state government through the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources has since risen to the occasion in addressing the challenges posed by climate change.
In his words: ‘’in responding to the climate change challenge, the state has proactively put in place measures aimed at tackling the impact of climate change.
To coordinate the activities, the state government has set up a multi-State Technical Committee on Climate Change (STCC), to drive the process of climate change activities in the state’’.
He also said that environmental friendly policies have been put in place such as the reintroduction of the monthly sanitation and proper waste management system, of which the state has recorded a marked improvement.
The administration also intends to recycle waste as an alternative means of deducing competitive market products from the huge waste generated in the state.