Climate Change: Expert Harps On Programs To Help Nigerians Cushion Weather-Related Risks Through Loans

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Chairman, Governing Board of Kaduna State School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tudun Wada, Dr. Yusuf Nadabo, has called on government to embark on programs that will help low-income Nigerians manage weather-related risks with loans, hygiene education and water waste control.

He stated this at the 2nd Edition of the Skating for Climate Change organized by a Non-Governmental Organization, (NGO), African Climate Reporters held in Kaduna on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

Dr. Nadabo who is also the Patron, African Climate Reporters, said that climate change is not just bad for the planet’s health, but also bad for the people’s too.

He noted that climate change impacts negatively on nutrition, migration, and infectious diseases, saying, of the 20 top hottest years ever recorded, 16 have occurred in the last 20 years.  He said government must exploit new ways or measures to help Nigerians stay healthy despite floods, droughts and heat waves.

According to him, heat waves and health without intervention, greenhouse gases will continue to warm up the world, pointing out that heat waves will cause a sharp increase in the rate of health-related issues like cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, dehydration, blood clots, heart attack, stroke, heart failure and renal failure, among others.

Dr. Nadabo explained that the health effects of climate change on humans varies by age, gender, geography, and socioeconomic status; pointing out that many more people will be exposed to extreme weather events over the next century than previously thought – a potentially catastrophic risk to human health that could undo 50 years of global health gains.

“We have to embark on programs of helping low-income residents manage weather-related risks with loans, hygiene education and water waste control,” he emphasized.

Chairman, NUJ Kaduna State Council, Comrade Adamu Yusuf (In Blue T-Shirt) presenting a plaque to Zazzau Skaters Club, while Director, School of Health Sciences Kaduna State, Nurudeen Bello (R), and President, Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation, Pastor Yohannah Buru, (L), looks on.

Speaking further Dr. Nadabo said climate change affects one’s health through the following ways:  increase in disease carrying mosquitoes, contaminated water sources and dangerous bacterial infections.

Others include: through mental health issues, Diabetes especially the Type 2, respiratory problems and strokes.

He reiterated that power outages in extreme weather situations could cripple hospitals and transportation systems when people need them most, adding that climate change has caused decline in crop production leading to malnutrition, under-nutrition, hunger and high food prices.

“Occupational hazards such as risk of heat stroke, especially among farmers and construction workers, leading to labour being shifted to dusk to dawn, times when more disease-carrying insects are out.

“Hotter days, more rain and higher humidity will breed more mosquitoes which spread malaria, and more flies which spread infectious diseases. Heat waves can lead to mental health issues like anxiety, depression and suicide.”

In a paper titled: “African Wildlife Faces Extinction Due To Climate Change”, the National President, Tranquility Movement of Nigeria, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gashash, said that wild animals like Camel, Gazelle in the desert region as well as others in the forestries are constantly facing extinction due to the increase scarcity of water as a result of climate change

He said that  the African continent is facing increased hot temperature, sandy dust and other environmental challenges, saying that certain types of Lizards and insects have been vanishing from areas where they once thrived, while mountainsides have grown hotter and drier, birds are moving to higher elevations.

The National Tranquility Movement of Nigeria boss noted that global warming is on the increase resulting in the incidence of drought which dries up water holes, saying higher temperatures may produce  increasing number of wildfires that alter desert landscapes by eliminating slow-growing trees and shrubs and replacing them with fast-growing grasses.

“Many wild life animals are struggling to survive in the forest as a result of climate change, while large number of forest Lizards and Tortoise and big birds have gone extinct and many are on the way due to the increasing threat posed by climate change and human activities in the entire region of Africa.

Veteran Journalist, Hajiya Hau’wa Funtua, presenting a plaque to Kaduna Skaters Club, while Mallam Nurudeen Bello (R), and Pastor Yohannah Buru, (L) suports.

“Many animals are silently dying without the relevant forestry authorities noticing due to scarcity of water,” he added.

Alhaji Gashash called on African Union, (AU), Environmental NGOs and other stakeholders to rise to the challenge on the daily fight against climate change, deforestation and desertification in order to save wildlife from going extinct.

Dignitaries at the event include: Former Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) Kaduna State Council, Alhaji Sani Shuaibu Malumfashi who also doubled as the MC of the event; Director, School of Health Science Kaduna State, Mallam Nurudeen Bello; President, Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation, Pastor Yohannah Buru; and Veteran Journalist and millennium politician, Hajiya Hau’wa Ibrahim Funtua.

Others are: Founder, Metro Environment Kaduna State, Mr. Jibrin Mohammed; Founder of Teku Int’l Farms, Alhaji Ibrahim Salisu; Founder, Niggas Rehabilitation and Skills Acquisition Training Centre, Mallam Lawal Maduru; and Chairman Kaduna State Association of Artisans, (Panteka), Alhaji Yahaya Ibrahim.

Four skating clubs participated at the event this year; Kaduna Sky Skaters Club, United Kaduna Skaters Club, Golden Skaters Club Kaduna, and Zazzau Skaters Club.

Highlights of the event include presentation of plagues to the four clubs in recognition of their selfless services to humanity through skating sport in Nigeria, music and artistic display by best of the best from all the skating clubs.

National President, Tranquility Movement of Nigeria, Alhaji M. Gashash presenting a plaque to Golden Skaters Club Kaduna, supported by Founder, Niggas Rehabilitation and Skills Acquisition Training Centre, Mallam Lawal Maduru, (2nd R), and Nurudeen Bello (immediate R).

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