Katsina governor, Radda, commends UNDP’s Northwest climate security initiative

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) officially launched the prevention facility for the Northwest Nigeria states on July 3, 2023, at the UN House in Abuja.

The Northwest prevention facility is an initiative of the UNDP, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Norway according to Mohamed Yahya the UNDP Resident Representative aims to support the states of Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara in catalyzing timely and collaborative state-led prevention efforts.

The facility aims to strengthen the security response to insecurity in the Northwest by utilizing a climate action and sustainable livelihoods approach to conflict prevention for the front-line states.

During the event, Mallam Dikko Umaru Radda, the Katsina State Governor, expressed his gratitude to the UNDP for their tremendous support. He emphasized the importance of development partners in implementing strategic policies efficiently to maximize impact for the people.

The governor also stressed the significance of regional cooperation, especially in combating insecurity. He expressed his satisfaction with the UNDP’s recognition of the Northwest’s needs, believing that all governors are equally committed to using this opportunity to promote peace and prosperity in their respective states.

Governor Radda commended the UNDP for their commendable work in the Northeast, where they have addressed years of destructive insecurity. He recognized the importance of understanding the origins of insecurity in peace-building efforts and acknowledged the UNDP’s long-standing interactions with his predecessor and other states, which helped shape the proposed interventions.

The governor expressed gratitude for the support from the United Nations Climate Security Mechanism, which seeks to understand and address the linkages between climate change, peace, and security. He highlighted the global crisis of climate change, where innocent people are affected by forces beyond their control.

In the Northwest region, increasing desertification has adversely affected agricultural and livestock productivity. This has a significant impact on the livelihoods of the population, with 85% relying on agriculture for survival. Conflicts between herders and farmers arise due to livestock traveling greater distances to graze on farmlands, resulting

resulting in lower farm yields, reduced incomes, and potential crime and conflict.

The governor emphasised the government’s commitment to making necessary investments towards sustainable productivity, including improving irrigation systems, providing drought-resistant seeds and fertilizers to farmers, and developing the agricultural and livestock value chains for added value and employment creation.

Governor Radda stressed that the effects of climate change are further exacerbated by banditry and other forms of insecurity, leading to a vicious cycle of low productivity and instability in the region. He emphasized the importance of applying socioeconomic justice to bring peace and prosperity to the region. Effective communication and dispute resolution through traditional and religious institutions were highlighted as crucial for long-term success.