The minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has cited Climate Change resulting from depleting arable land as responsible for the incessant herdsmen/farmers clashes in Nigeria.

The minister made this known during the opening of the workshop on Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) for climate change mitigation and adaptation in Nigeria in Abuja, even as he charged the climate change National Steering Committee on TNA to come out with practicable solutions that will combat the challenges of desert and coastal encroachment in Nigeria.

He also called on research institutes across the country to apply Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to address the challenges of climate change in the country, stressing the need to fight desert encroachment and other problems arising from depleting arable land.

Onu highlighted the workshop’s objective to include coming up with proper assessment of the situation, developing a roadmap that will help in proper confrontation of the climate change problem.

In his opening remarks, the ministry’s permanent secretary, Mr Bitrus Bako Nabasu, said that the workshop would help to build important links among stakeholders that will help to enhance the capacity in acquiring environmentally sustainable technologies.

“It will also support future investment, remove barriers and contribute to the diffusion of high priority technologies throughout key sectors of the national economy,” he added.

He also said the workshop will mark the formal inauguration of the TNA national team with the oversight function of producing the TNA country report and eventual implementation of the report through the development, transfer and diffusion of project pilots in the identified sectors of the economy.

Earlier, the representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Dr. Reuben Bamidele, said UNIDO would be available to provide support to the government of Nigeria during the TNA process and in developing roadmap and strategy for climate change technology management in Nigeria.