The Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonna Ona described climate change as a result of the depletion of arable land as responsible for the ongoing clashes of shepherds / farmers in Nigeria.
The Minister reported this at the opening of the workshop on Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Nigeria in Abuja, even when he instructed the National Steering Committee on Climate Change on TNA to come up with practical solutions that would address the problems desert and coastal encroachments in Nigeria.
He also called on research institutes across the country to apply science, technology and innovation (STI) to address climate change in the country, stressing the need to combat the invasion of the desert and other problems associated with the depletion of arable land.
Onu stressed the purpose of the seminar: to include a correct assessment of the situation, to develop a roadmap that would help in proper confrontation with the problem of climate change.
In his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Bitrus Baco Nabasu, said that the seminar will help to establish important links between stakeholders that will help strengthen the capacity to acquire environmentally sustainable technologies.
"It will also support future investments, remove barriers and promote high-priority technologies in all key sectors of the national economy," he added.
He also said that the seminar would mean the official opening of the national TNA team as an oversight function for the preparation of the TNA country report and the possible implementation of the report through the development, transfer and dissemination of project pilots in certain sectors of the economy.
Earlier, a representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Dr. Ruben Bamidele, said that UNIDO would be able to support the Government of Nigeria during the TNA process and the development of a roadmap and a climate change strategy technology management in Nigeria.