The North-East Development Commission (NEDC) and Adamawa State Government have started a five-day training workshop for 415 citizens on mitigation of effects of climate change.
The training programme, which started on Monday in the state capital of Yola, covered six different areas of knowledge and skills.
Taking place simultaneously in different training centres within Yola, the training categories include; Climate Change Adaptation Awareness Campaign (including Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency), for which there are 100 participants; and Training of Youths on Waste Collection, Enhanced Scavenging, and Recycling of Waste Plastic, also for 100 trainees.
The other training areas are for 100 women on the Use of Energy Efficient Stove; as well as training on the Fabrication of Energy Efficient Stove and Briquette Production, for 20 participants.
There is Watershed Management training for Professionals, Artisans and Self-help Groups, in which 75 people are participating; and Renewable Energy Training for Youth Empowerment programs, for 20 persons.
In an address during the opening ceremony which took place at the Federal College of Education, Yola, the Acting Coordinator of the NEDC in Adamawa State, Mrs Fatima Bakari, said that enabling a protected environment in the North-East is one of the 11 pillars of the North-East Stabilization and Development Master Plan.
“The Commission is trying to achieve that through the implementation of various environmental programmes,” Mrs Bakari said.
Also speaking during the opening ceremony, the Adamawa State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources Development, Mohammed Sadiq Mohammed, said the training programme has come at a time when all efforts were needed to educate the people to play their part to mitigate effects of climate change.