Climate change is said to have inevitably become the defining issue in Akwa Ibom State on account of the state seriously facing various forms of environmental degradation attributable to its geographical location and other natural and human induced factors.
According to the state Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Iniobong Ene Essien, worse hit by the development, which has impacted negatively on various sectors of the state’s economy, are some coastal and riverine communities in the state many of which have already been forced to relocate due to excessive sea level rise and attendant flooding. Speaking at the World Media Chat on the First Akwa Ibom State Climate Change and Clean Energy Mega Summit/Expo 2016 at the weekend, the Commissioner who was represented by Mr. Samuel Bassey of the Governor’s Office in Lagos, however, assured that the state government through the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources has since risen to the occasion in addressing the challenges posed by climate change.
As indicated by the state Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Iniobong Ene Essien, more terrible hit by the advancement, which has affected adversely on different parts of the state’s economy, are some beach front and riverine groups in the state a significant number of which have as of now been compelled to migrate because of exorbitant ocean level ascent and orderly flooding.
Talking at the World Media Chat on the First Akwa Ibom State Climate Change and Clean Energy Mega Summit/Expo 2016 at the weekend, the Commissioner who was spoken to by Mr. Samuel Bassey of the Governor’s Office in Lagos, in any case, guaranteed that the state government through the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources has following adapted to present circumstances in tending to the difficulties postured by environmental change.
Environmental change In his words: ”In reacting to the environmental change challenge, the state has proactively set up measures went for handling the effect of environmental change. To facilitate the exercises, the state government has set up a multi-State Technical Committee on Climate Change, STCC, to drive the procedure of environmental change exercises in the state”. He didn’t stop there. ”As such, the battle to secure, save and set up our surroundings for the normal mechanical transformation has been genuinely won, This has been conceivable through the successful execution of different environment-accommodating arrangements. Case in point, with the reintroduction of the month to month sanitation and appropriate waste administration framework, the state have recorded stamped change in keeping our surroundings clean. ”In our exertion and genuine endeavor at swinging waste to riches, the organization of Mr Udom Emmanuel has adapted its vitality into reusing of waste as an option method for deriving focused business sector items from the enormous waste produced in the state. An effective exertion towards accomplishing this sought objective will give livelihood and produce wage to its natives,” he submitted. On the summit with the topic, ”Charting A Roadmap for Sustainable Environment and Creation of Green Jobs” and which is planned to hold from July 26 to 28, 2016 in Uyo the Akwa Ibom State capital, Essien educated that it will stay an all partners conceptualizing and arrangement looking for sessions that would advantage the human and common habitat in Nigeria and past. He added that it would draw in a social affair of specialists, educated people and real partners in the earth/environmental change, in vital and abnormal state sessions to address remarkable issues, produce new thoughts and methodologies and diagram a guide to battle the scourge of environmental change in Nigeria, especially in the Niger Delta zone.