Bauchi governor, Bala Mohammed (file photo)
By Ahmed Ahmed
The Country Director of WaterAid Nigeria, Dr Evelyn Mere, has urged the government to respond to the urgent threat of climate to avert sanitation crisis in the country.
Mere made the call in a statement signed by Mrs Oluseyi Abdulmalik, the communications and media manager, WaterAid Nigeria in Bauchi on Friday.
She said the government must respond now to the urgent threat of climate change and recognise the vital role of climate-resilient water and sanitation services.
“Systems play in helping vulnerable communities be more prepared for climate change.
“Climate change has intensified both the sanitation and water crisis. No one can survive without clean water. No one can thrive if they have to struggle to find it.
“But our changing climate is making life harder for the world’s poorest people who are already struggling to get clean water,” she said.
The country director noted that far too little is spent on helping the most vulnerable people adapt to the impacts of climate change which is putting the health and lives of millions at risk.
Mere urged the government to revrse the trend urgently so that future generations could stay safe and healthy.
She pointed out that WaterAid was working with governments, the private sector, development banks and others to develop the Resilient Water accelerator.
The statement cited Mr Bernard Aryeetey, International Affairs Director for WaterAid, saying that world leaders must recognise poorer nations hit hardest by climate change could not wait two more years as they continue to carry the burden of richer nations’ inaction.
“Across the globe, mothers and fathers are struggling to ensure their children have access to clean water because of the devastating impacts of floods and droughts caused by climate change
“During the 12 days of COP26, women will miss out on 2.5 million working days globally – a figure that could be exacerbated by climate change,” he said.
He stressed that urgent action was necessary and world leaders must see that decisions taken in Glasgow would have the greatest impact on vulnerable communities thousands of miles away.