The United States Embassy in Nigeria has expressed support for the sensitization effort of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to minimiise the impact of climate change especially, flooding in the country.
This was the outcome of the visit on the Director-General (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri by Ms. Elizabeth Orlando, Deputy Economic Chief of the United States of America Embassy, Abuja. She also oversees Energy, Environment, Science Technology and Health desks in the Embassy.
Omeri who outlined the programmes of the Agency said it was imperative to sensitize the public of the measures to be taken to minimize the effects of flooding reminiscent of the year 2012, noting that the Agency had positioned itself as the principal driver of climate change and environmental awareness and advocacy in Nigeria.
He identified “tree planting” as a component of the Agency’s effort to preserve our environment.he announced plans by the Agency to formally launch the “Do The Right Thing: Plant a Tree Campaign”.
Omeri commended the gesture by the American Embassy in Abuja for its readiness to support the Agency in its drive to promote good attitude towards the environment, saying that such partnership will open “a new vista” for the Agency to accomplish its objectives.
The DG of NOA also used the opportunity to appeal to Nigerians to exhibit environmental friendly practices to save our society in the face of flood forecast, adding that 14 States had been predicted to experience heavy rainfall in Nigeria in 2013. He said further that current global warming and the resulting climate change are largely driven by human activities.
Earlier, Ms. Orlando reiterated the commitment of the American Embassy, Abuja to support the “good work the Agency has been doing” to build a flood resilient community, adding that she came to learn and tend support to the Agency’s proposal in the area of preserving our environment from climate change.
The Agency had since established a Climate Change and Environment Unit to enable it formulate strategies to consistently inform the general public of environmental friendly practices.