The Minister of State for Environment, Dr Iziaq Salako, has emphasised the importance of climate action, stating that it is pivotal to realising the eight presidential priorities outlined by the current administration.
Salako stated this in Abuja during the launch of a project mapping climate change impacts and policies across Nigeria’s thirty-six states, noting that managing environmental issues and climate change successfully requires full participation from sub-national governments and all citizens.
“Managing our environment and addressing issues around climate change successfully needs the full buy in of sub-national governments and in fact every Nigerian,” he said.
The minister noted that climate vulnerabilities differ nationwide based on regional variations, with the North experiencing more severe effects like droughts and desertification.
Salako revealed that the mapping project assessed each state’s climate awareness, actions taken, and needs to improve climate resilience, as it will help direct resources to the most vulnerable areas requiring urgent interventions.