Climate Change: Act Now Before Flood Chase Away Lagosians — UK Warns Buhari - Nicole Kaima's Blog


Friday, November 12, 2021

Climate Change: Act Now Before Flood Chase Away Lagosians — UK Warns Buhari

Catriona Laing, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria has warned the Nigerian government to prioritize climate change, before Lagos and other parts of the country suffer the impacts.

Laing emphasized that the country is very prone to climate change impact and that Lagos State is the state that is most likely to be impacted negatively by climate change.

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 “Nigeria is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change and with the expected doubling of the population it is going to get more challenging. 

 “So, we don’t have much time to help Nigeria prepare and we don’t want to begin to see what we are saying now basically,” Laing said. 

 According to her, constant flooding and desertification extreme climate events that will destroy livelihoods and cause migrations. 

 “More regular floods, more regular desertification and extreme climate events and these are all events that will impact directly on the poor and the livelihoods of the poor, because their assets that they are going to depend on are going to be impacted. 

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 “So, we can imagine a world that is like the world today, but probably by ten times worse and we can’t get on that way because it will be absolutely devastating. “That will mean lots of migration at least around the country if not the regions, may be potentially outside the country. 

 “It is really so and I think Lagos for me is very worrying. This is the power of the economy. It’s an amazing and dynamic mega city and I know the governor is really concerned about this,” she said. 

Noting that Lagos is the United Kingdom’s top priority city where it is campaigning for climate resilience, she said Lagos which is surrounded by water may be hit by heavy floods if the right action was not taken. 

 “Frankly some people are just gonna have to move because where they are living now is just not sustainable. The picture is very bleak to be honest,” Laing concluded.

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