Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has solicited partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to address the effects of climate change in the state.
He said this during a courtesy visit by Mr. Moncef Kartas, UNDP Head of the North-East sub-region, on Tuesday in Damaturu, the state capital.
While sharing the major area of concerns in the state, Buni said, “We are faced with the twin challenge of desert encroachment and flood. The state is loosing a sizeable of its part to desert encroachment and also recording huge losses to yearly floods.
“I will like our partnership to look into these two natural disasters with a view to exploring avenues of checking these threats. To safeguard our people and their means of livelihood,” he said.
In his remarks, Buni commended the UNDP for assisting the state in various aspects of human endeavour, especially in the reconstruction of schools, construction and equipping of health facilities, and vocational training of the youths, among others.
Kartas also appreciated the support of the Yobe government and the cooperation of the people of the state with the UN agency.
He said the activities of UNDP had brought the state closer to achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
“I can say we share a common vision of bringing Yobe state ever so closer to achieving SDGs.”