Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has said that
climate change is real noting that concrete steps should be taken to
protect and preserve the environment.

Governor Sani-Bello stated this while speaking with journalists in
Poland during the just concluded Climate Change Conference.

The Governor who was part of the entourage of President Muhammadu
Buhari to the Summit said a lot was learnt with regards to climate
change and such learnt lessons would be use to improve on steps
already taken towards environmental sustainability for the future in
Niger state.

While citing example of Niger state, the Governor noted that there
were clear indication of impact of climate change in the state which
has resulted in increased perennial flooding, desertification, erosion
and drying of river Niger and Kaduna.

“Climate change is real. Flying over Niger state one can clearly see
desert encroachment. Niger used to be green with rivers flowing all
year round,but these days we experience heavy flood during raining
season, yet during dry season the rivers dry up. Even River Niger is
being threatened by climate change “
Governor Sani-Bello who said a lot was learnt from the Climate Change
Conference in Poland revealed that proactive measures has been taken
by the administration to ensure environmental sustainability through
banning of tree- falling, indiscriminate burning of bush and forest.

“We have introduced strong measures in protecting the environment in
the state. There is a task force under Ministry of Environment to
check falling of trees and indiscriminate burning of forest”

“At the moment, the administration has introduced tree planting to
reduce negative impact of human activities on the environment such
desert encroachment and flood. ”

Since the inception the Governor Sani-Bello administration in 2015,
concrete steps have been taken towards protecting and preserving the
environment in the state through advocacy, sensitization, support to
the Ministry of Environment as well as other strategic partners and
stakeholders such Federal Ministry of Environment and the premier
environmental society, Nigerian Environmental Society, NES.

Also of note is the involvement of Niger state with World Council on
City Data, WCCD, with headquarters in Toronto. As a result of the
engagement with WCCD and adoption ISO 37120 Minna was selected as one
of the two data hubs in Africa and among nine in the world.

In addition, there has been direct effort by the Governor to create
urban beautification and environmental conservation within urban areas
in the state. There is also a partnership with Un-habitat to assist
the state government in preparing and implementing the Suleja Smart
City Project.
Jibrin Baba Ndace
Chief Press Secretary
6th December, 2018

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