Earthfile: Nigeria’s Water Sector And The Threat Of Climate Change

Channels Television  
Updated January 24, 2014

This edition of Earthfile looks at water and the increasing threat to it by climate change with the effects this is having on Nigeria.

The world’s surface water is affected by varying levels of precipitation, evaporation and run-off in different regions. In recent times, there is an increasing concern that it is subject to increasing climate change and variability which is compounding its capacity to meet human needs and demands.

A World Bank report estimated in the 1990s that Nigeria was losing about 5.1 billion US Dollars per annum to environmental degradation. In the face of limited mitigation measures and initiatives, climate change is among the most pressing examples of global environmental challenges being faced.

Research has also shown that Nigeria’s water sector is highly vulnerable to global warming induced climate change.

Climate Change and Environment Consultant, Professor Emmanuel Oladapo and Environmentalist, Desmond Majekodunmi were on the programme to analyse the situation and provide recommendations.