Expert wants effective policies to address climate change

An agribusiness expert, Mr Wale Oyekoya, says the Federal Government should look at effective ways to address climate change and its adverse effects.

Oyekoya, who is also the Managing Director of Bama Farms Group, said that climate change affected populations and distribution of species.

“For instance, warming may force species to migrate to higher latitudes or higher elevations where temperatures are more conducive to their survival.

“Climate change is an adverse environmental phenomenon that is causing enormous concern all over the world. It refers to some anomalies in the climate system resulting from human activities.

“These anomalies include increase in the concentration of Green House Gases (GHGs) such as Hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs) and Chlorofluorocarbons(CFCs) in earth’s atmosphere, which will ultimately lead to global warming.

“In fact, global warming has already begun as earth’s temperature has risen between 0.4 and 0.8°C in the last 100 years.’’

Oyekoya also said there should be campaign against desertification through the desert warriors and control of land, water, noise and air pollution.

He noted that Nigeria was densely populated with a population of over 180 million people half of whom, were considered to be in abject poverty and is recognised as being vulnerable to climate change.

“Climate change and global warming if left unchecked will cause adverse effects on livelihoods in Nigeria, such as crop production, livestock production, fisheries, forestry and post-harvest activities, because the rainfall regimes and patterns will be altered.

“Floods which devastate farmlands will occur, increase in temperature and humidity which increases pest and disease will also occur.

“Other natural disasters like floods, ocean and storm surges will happen thereby disrupting the country’s Gross Domestic product (GDP) from the agricultural and other sectors alike,’’ Oyekoya said.

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