From Emmanuel Iyoho
The minister of works and housing has expressed thecommitment of the Federal government to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as signed by President Muhammadu Buhari saying his ministry has streamlined its activities in line with the Agreement.
Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, stated this recently, in Abuja, when the faculty members and participants of the Executive Intelligence Management (EIMC) Course 15 of the National Institute for Security Studies paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
On the theme of course 15 of the institute, “Global Climate Challenges, Prospects and Priorities for Economic Development and Conflicts Resolutions in Africa”, Fashola commended them for the choice of the theme which, he said,places emphasis not only on human capital development, but on national development.
On compliance to climate change, the minister said that as Ministry, the Management has a role to play both in terms of policy and delivery.
According to him, in the housing sector for instance, the ministry has developed a national building code for effective building in terms of sizes of windows and materials for buildings that would affect the level of the impart of temperature.
He noted that the entire Ministry was now powered with energy saving bulbs with well over 400 air conditioners with energy efficiency.
On the works sector, the minister stated that the ministry had embraced some new technology of recycling of used materials for road construction. “New technology of recycling is being used on the Abuja-Kano Highway, by recycling those materials used in the construction of the road in 1991. This again shows our level of compliance,” he said.
On water shortage as one of the major causes of conflict, he said that the human race has taken so much from nature that nature is fighting back. The dwindling water in the Lake Chad for instance has generated a lot of conflict in the Lake Chad region and environs.
“That was why President Muhammadu Buhari has consciously drawn attention to the dwindling resources of Lake Chad and the consequent as it will generate,” he explained.
The deputy-commandant of the Institute, Didacus Egbeji, FSI, said that the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) was the foremost security training Institute in Nigeria that prepares high-level security intelligence professionals, as well as senior level managers for critical roles in the sustenance of national security.
He said that the main objective of the institute was to train top level management with a broader outlook, intellectual depth and the capacity to deal efficiently and effectively with deep analytical insight into the development and utilization of available resources towards effective management of the complex security challenges in a democratic dispensation.
On the theme of this year’s course: “Global Climate Challenges, Prospects and Priorities for Economic Development and Conflicts Resolutions in Africa” he said that climate change has had adverse consequence bothering on our national development, infrastructure and the national security.
He stated that the purpose of the courtesy visit to the minister of works and housing was to get firsthand information on how the Ministry was adapting to the climate challenges in terms of human and capital development.
Egbeji added that the team would also be visiting other Ministries that are related to the theme of the course in order to have a general overview of Nigeria’s climate challenges and how Nigeria is coping with it.