Posted by News Express | 4 August 2020 | 541 times
By CHARLES IWUOHA
The Ebonyi State Government has launched a new policy and adaptation plan on climate change towards mitigating the consequences of global warming.
Speaking during the launching, Governor David Umahi, noted that the strapping impact of climate change has impeded efforts of government at all levels towards reduction of poverty among the populace and has retarded the drive to ensure equity in the distribution of development benefits.
Umahi, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kelechi Igwe, said his administration places premium on climate change mitigation by establishing department of climate change to drive the programme.
“Our administration recognises the issue of climate change as a topical one by making it a front burner and for this reason created climate change office saddled with the responsibility of ensuring a Green and sustainable Ebonyi State,” he said.
The Governor also disclosed that his administration has made an appreciable impact in its efforts to combat the adverse effects of climate change including the establishment of pulverisation plant, solar power panels, procurement of carbon-free environmental friendly, among others.
He commended the Senior Special Assistant on Climate Change, Dr. Obianuju Alo, and other line ministries and agencies in the state for their commitment at mitigating and combating the effect of climate change.
Presenting her address, Dr. Alo noted that climate change was a reality, as it had resulted to serious global environment challenges, which now constituted threat to human health, agriculture, peace and security.
“It has been responsible for the storms, drought, rising sea level, flooding and global economy and we must act fast to tackle these threats to save the world,” she said.
Dr. Aloh commended Governor Umahi for providing an enabling environment and the need to combat global warming in the state.
The lead consultant, Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, lauded the Ebonyi State Government for its commitment towards mitigating the impact of climate change, saying that it is one of the few states that have taken the issue seriously. He promised to offer necessary technical support.
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