By Ahmed Ahmed
Dr Kabiru Ibrahim, Project Coordinator (PC) Bauchi State Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscape (ACReSAL) World Bank Assisted Project has urged Journalists to embark on an effective awareness campaign on climate change to development.
Ibrahim made the call when members of CSO, Journalists for Public Health and Development Initiative (J4PD) paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Friday in Bauchi.
He stressed the need for working Journalists to be trained and equipped on how to effectively and efficiently report issues around the environment with particular attention on Climate change.
Ibrahim pointed out that the training would revolve around 4 major components of ozone layer, climate change, climatic conditions and global warming,
He assured that the training would be sponsored by the World Bank funded Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscape (ACReSAL), Bauchi State implementation project office.
“All in an effort to build the capacity of the Journalists to enable them to report all the issues of climate change as it affects the environment and in turn, promote public health.
He assured that based on the presentation made by J4PD, the ACReSAL project has resolved to collaborate with members of the Pen profession in order to support them in enlightening members of the general public on climate change.
The PC expressed their readiness to collaborate with the Journalists in highlighting successes of the ACReSAL and its impact on the target groups within the communities after building their capacities.
Ibrahim commended the contributions of Journalists to the implementation of the project since it took off in 2022 saying that it has really placed Bauchi State ahead of 19 Northern states and FCT that are implementing the project.
The Project Coordinator also said that the collaboration with J4PD is inline with the Project’s sustainability plan and will also add value to the overall goals and objectives achievements of ACReSAL.
“It becomes imperative to equip the Journalists with the requisite knowledge on Climate for them to carry out evidence based advocacy through their respective media outlets.
“Knowing the complexities of Climate Change, Global Warming, Ozone Layers and Green Gas Emissions that be
Earlier Ms. Elizabeth Nange Kah,the Coordinator of J4PD, said they were in the Project Office to commend the management and staff of PIU for the giant strides in the implementation of the ACReSAL project objectives as well as explore areas of collaboration with.
Kah said that environmental health constitutes a component of public health, informing the Project Coordinator that J4PD deemed it fit to identify with the laudable activities of the project that has attracted commendation from the World Bank Task Team.
She resolved to partner with the ACReSAL project in the areas of sensitization, awareness creation, interface between beneficiary communities and government agencies and generally giving visibility to all the activities of the project that needs showcasing.
The J4PD Coordinator stressed the importance of first building the capacities of the Journalists in order to equip them to be able to report the issues in the very perspective.
She then expressed the readiness of J4PD to organize the capacity building training to be facilitated by the Bauchi Project Office of ACReSAL.