By Emmanuel Daudu, Keffi
European Union support to Nigeria Climate Change Response Program, 2020-2024, EU-NCCRP, has on Thursday and Friday staged stakeholders meeting for Nigerian Journalists for Climate Action Network, NIJOCAN in Keffi-Nasarawa state at the Golden Dabis Hotel.
The Director, Department Of Climate Change Federal Ministry Of Environment, Dr. Iniebiong Awe ably represented by Mrs. Victoria Gyang Pwol while declaring the event open on Thursday, said, Members of the Nigerian Journalists for Climate Action Network through interaction with NCCRP Key Experts are better imbued with relevant information on the programmatic priorities and future directions of the program.
“Members of the Nigerian Journalists for Climate Action Network would develop and refine its vision, internal governance processes in line with the mission of the Nigeria Climate Change Response Programme”.
In an exclusive interview after the event, the Coordinator of the Nigeria Climate Change Programme, Mr. Kayode egbeleye, speaking on the significance of the program stated that journalists all over the country who cover Climate Change are brought to Keffi to be able to reflect and come up with an initial 12 Month action plan for the Nigerian Climate Change Response Program been a result of consultations and follow up to the capacity building workshop for journalists which was held in 2021 in Abuja.
“The programme has incorporated journalists as partners of the Nigerian Climate Change Response Program, in making sure that climate change becomes priorities of the country. Challenges, innovations, and key issues, remain in the Limelight of the public discourse in terms of policymaking and discussions”.
Speaking on the challenges, “we’ve had a lot of challenges. We know you know, we work within the constraints of COVID. Now, that situation is better, different stakeholders would need to be consulted. You need to reach a consensus on dates or times amongst many others”.
At the event, members of NIJOCAN agreed and are determined to play their roles in the collaborative reporting project with the Nigerian climate change response programme (NCCRP) by highlighting creative and promising innovations adopted by the Nigerian government at home to provide hope amidst the escalating climate change crisis.
The journalist body also will report and elevate the voices of those with lived experiences of climate change impact and in so doing help them to mitigate and adapt to climate change events in the country amongst many other resolutions reached.