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Centre wants ‘state of emergency’ on climate actions

The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) has called on the Borno State Government to declare a ‘state of emergency’ on climate actions across the state.

Technical Manager of the centre, Okechukwu Ugwu, who made the appeal at the European Union supported s...akeholders’ workshop on climate change Friday, said the state is at the centre of the climate crisis.

“The climate crisis in Lake Chad, which used to be the major source of livelihood for millions of people, is shrinking by the day, the water no longer recharges as before and the Sahara Desert is fast encroaching,” he said.

He added that with the impact of arm conflict, the desert encroachment and access to firewood was declining due to absence of trees that exposed vegetation cover, leading to erosion and flooding among others.

“By this, we are calling for the declaration of a state of emergency on climate actions in Borno State,” he said.

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ABOUT ICEED


The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development Foundation is committed to the goal of poverty eradication. We deliver this commitment by providing the evidence base for reforms and political influence that shape the poor's energy and climate security. ICEED has over the years of its establishment become Nigeria's leading centre on energy access and climate change. Together with some of the world's foremost resource centres, we have brought market development expertise, capacity building, project implementation and behaviour communication to Nigeria. ICEED has led some of the most important clean energy and climate change activities including the development and promotion of the Bill to Establish the National Climate Change Commission; leading the development of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory for Nigeria and writing the Federal Government of Nigeria's Renewable Energy Master Plan. Our key expertise is in policy reform and market development for expanding access to clean energy.

While ICEED provides the evidence base and advocacy for policy change on clean energy and climate change, the Centre is solidly on the ground changing lives through projects in communities around the country. ICEED has clean energy footprints in communities in over half of the states of the Nigerian federation.