A team of researchers from the Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Jos, Plateau State are in Akure to conduct a research work on “Confronting climate change in Nigeria: an assessment of its magnitude, consequences and policy”.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Olayato Aribo while welcoming the researchers said the outcome of the research would tackle numerous challenges in the state and the country in general.
The permanent Secretary of The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Oluwagbenga Akingbasote, represented the commissioner to receive the researchers At the headquarters of the ministry in Alabama Akure.
Relevant stakeholders including those in environment sector, professionals from Forestry & Agriculture ,Commerce and others who are non-govermental were present.
The Commissioner urged participants to express their views professionally and give the true picture of things in terms of the subject matter to get the desired results to tackle climate change.
In his speech, the leader of the team, Dr. Muritala Oke said they were in the State to carry out research on confronting climate change in the country and formulate usable policy proposals for the government at all levels.
He added that they came to Ondo State because of the peculiarity nature of the state in the country which is closer to the ocean.
While stating that similar research work is going on in five other States of the federation, Dr. Oke said the effects of climate change are noticed everywhere in the country and globally.
This, he noted, is one of the reasons they came to conduct their research in the state so that they could relate with people who are professionals in preserving and protecting the environment.
According to him, the research would form a guide in policy formulation in terms of bottom-up approach to combat climate change.
The team who are expected to be in the state for two days are to visit some places in Akure, Odigbo and Ose to have interactions with the people at the grassroots.