About 650,000 Nigerian children have been displaced by floods, thus making the country the second most affected globally by climate change impacts on children, according to a report from the United Nations Children’s Education Fund, (UNICEF).
UNICEF noted that the displacement occurred from 2016 to 2023, in a statement released on Monday, which coincided with the 2023 World Children’s Day.
The UN agency emphasized that over 110 million Nigerian children are at risk due to rising temperatures, floods, droughts, and severe storms.
The Director General of the National Council on Climate Change, Dr. Salisu Dahiru stressed the urgency of a swift and inclusive response, particularly considering the needs of vulnerable populations like children and women, in decision-making and implementation.
Similarly, Christian Munduate, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, underscored the need to provide a platform for children to express their concerns about climate change, towards shaping a collective path toward a sustainable future.