A Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has asked the Federal Government to increase the budget provision for disaster management and climate resilience.
Mr. Kolawole Amusat, Interim Zonal Coordinator for Southwest Nigeria, Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet), said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.
Amusat said CSOs made the call in the recently concluded Post-COP25 Review and Commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction in the Southwest Zone.
He said that the program, which brought together state and non-state actors, was organized by CSDevNet, the Nigerian Civil Society Framework on the Paris Agreement (NCSFPAS), among others.
“In facilitating the way forward for effective disaster risk reduction and the effort to combat climate change in the region, the participants proposed the following recommendations to be implemented by all relevant actors, especially state actors.
“That there must be adequate budgetary provisions for relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (ODM) that are involved in disaster risk reduction and climate change in order to fulfill their mandate to build resilient communities in the Southwest region.
“Efforts should be directed at localizing disaster risk reduction and climate change activities in such a way that vulnerable communities understand their roles as stakeholders in both disaster risk reduction and efforts to combat climate change.
“That there should be a region-wide risk assessment in the Southwest zone to ensure that stakeholders have a clear understanding of the risk profile in the zone, which will aid in their efforts to reduce risks and combat the impacts of change. climate”.
Amusat said another recommendation was the need to improve synergy between state and non-state actors and the organized private sector, as the organized private sector still did not play the expected roles in climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience.
“All relevant stakeholders in disaster risk reduction and climate change must embrace transparency, accountability and openness in carrying out their mandate.”
He said that having identified the transportation sector as a major source of emissions, participants emphasized the need for the region to invest in a comprehensive rail project that crosses the six states in the zone.
“This will help reduce emissions from the transportation system.”
He said participants called for farmers to be introduced to climate resilient agriculture to help them build resilience to the challenges of climate change in the agricultural sector.
Amusat said it was also recommended that the issues of women and children should be prioritized in disaster risk reduction and climate change activities within the region by all stakeholders.
He said that the participants recommended that the use of indigenous languages be essential by the media in the dissemination of messages on disaster risk reduction and climate change in the region.