The Minister of Water Resources, Sulieman Adamu has said that plans are in place to incorporate climate change into national policy.
Adamu stated this while declaring open a two-day Nigeria National Committee for UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme symposium in Abuja.
The minister, who was ably represented by the Director of Hydrological in the ministry, Adeyinka Adenukpor, explained that the water sector is very vulnerable to climate swings and has been identified as the primary medium through which climate change would impact man and the ecosystem.
“In our national policy, we will incorporate this issue that we are preaching, the global messages, that is all over the world, we are going to internalise it in our national policies.
“The experts are here to brainstorm on how to reduce climate change hazards in the world and particularly in Nigeria” the minister added.
While stressing that climate change affects virtually every aspect of life, Adenukpor added that efforts must be geared towards developing an appropriate and scientific basis for sustainable planning and development of water resources.
The minister, thereafter, called on all stakeholders to participate actively in developing Climate Change Model Guild for all the Hydrological areas.
On his part, the Chairman of the Nigeria National Committee for UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme, David Jimoh revealed that the federal government has set up the Climate Change Council to advise it on water-related issues as affected by Climate Change and recommend it through relevant MDAs of the government.
He added that Nigeria will play a key role in the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme strategic plan which would help the nation achieve the sustainable development goals related to water and sanitation.