The in-state AACJ project manager Mr. Joseph Ibrahim revealed this during a one-day public presentation of the Nasarawa State Climate Audit Report yesterday at the Nasarawa Luxury Hotel, Lafia, the state capital.
Ibrahim stressed that the project would ensure the protection of communities and build the resilience of livelihoods against the worst effects of climate change and environmental degradation.
Ibrahim further noted that the organization has carried out a baseline study to identify key communities, businesses and their capacities to adapt to the impacts of climate change, as well as to understand government mechanisms and its response through a climate justice audit.
“This project was inaugurated in Nasarawa State in December 2021 and we did not want to start implementing the project without a baseline survey and getting the needs assessment from the communities, businesses and government agencies and parastatals. He underlined.
“So we thought it was wise to do a climate change survey and then we got input from communities, agencies and government parastatals.
“We published a local conclusion of the process and decided to call on stakeholders to share the report with them so that they can also provide input before our final report,” he said.
Ibrahim therefore called on stakeholders to work in synergy and support policies that advance climate justice in the state and the country as a whole.
Introducing the audit report, Dr. Femi Asonibare, said the report identified a variety of policy tools used to mitigate climate change, including economic and legislative instruments, voluntary agreements and cooperative responsibilities.
Asonibare explained that mitigating and adapting to climate issues requires actions at all levels of community, private sector and government and coordination among them.
“Adaptation, in particular, requires coordination between different levels of government since many of the effects of climate change are localized.
“The adaptation actions of the ministries are still at an early stage and are insufficient to deal with the problems that could result from climate change.
The possible cause for this is the lack of clear instructions to agencies to consider the impacts of climate change when planning and implementing policies to save all livelihood support,”
In an interview with the Daily Sun shortly after the broadcast, Chairman of Karu Local Government Area, Hon. James Thomas praised the organization for taking bold steps to achieve climate justice.
The President, however, stressed the need for collaboration among relevant stakeholders to encourage participation in climate action, noting that many effects of climate change are localized.
The local government boss of Karu has therefore pledged that his local government will support the implementation towards the effective implementation of the judges’ audit plan on climate change.