Association of City Managers in Nigeria (ACMAN) organized a webinar Themed: “ADAPTING CITIES FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE”, in Celebration of World Cities Day 2021. The Webinar held on 30th October 2021, by 11:00 AM West Central Africa on Zoom with about 100 Registrants.
The Webinar was moderated by Tpl. Godswill Unekwuojo Musa, Secretary General, ACMAN, and hosted by the President of ACMAN, Aisha Jibril.
Speaking during the panel sessions includes:
Amb. Richard Abubakar Umar, Coordinator, Youth Voyage of Nigeria, identified funding and political will as major setbacks in the process of climate change resilience in Nigeria. He emphasized on creating awareness among locals who may not understand climate change, by translating adaptation and resilience strategies into various Nigerian languages.
Arc. Rhoda Tsado-Kunhiyop, RADHouse, focused on building resilience for heatwaves, with emphasis on: building materials, building orientation and building finishing. Another area of focus in her presentation was building resilience against flooding in terms of building elevation and tree planting. She further stressed on creating environmental literacy and adopting climate resilient building materials in Nigeria.
Dr. Segun Adaju, President, Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria, demonstrated how solar energy business has both economic and environmental benefit in Nigeria, thereby building urban resilience to climate change. Showing the various solar energy projects his company have carried out in the past and current projects, he emphasized the need to go solar especially for homes and small businesses energy use.
Also speaking at the webinar was Prof. Mustapha Zubairu, Coordinator of Niger State Urban Support Programme. He spoke on fostering cohesion among Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Nigeria rather than working apart. He also emphasized that the campaign on climate resilience in Nigeria should continue.