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CSO Raises Concerns Over Kwara State N1.7M Climate Change Budget Allocation

The Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative (BBYDI), a civil society organization, has expressed dissatisfaction with the allocation of a mere N1.7 million for Kwara State’s Climate Change Office in the recently presented state budget.

Abideen Olasupo, the Global Director of BBYDI, while speaking with DA News in Ilorin, the state capital questioned the adequacy of the allocated funds, raising concerns about the government’s commitment to addressing climate issues within the state.

The meager budget for the Climate Change Office, tasked with tackling the effects of climate change, has drawn criticism from the CSO, emphasizing the need for a more substantial commitment to environmental initiatives.

This dissatisfaction comes at a time when nations globally have committed to investing more resources in climate mitigation efforts, particularly in renewable energy, at the just concluded COP 28 held in the United Arab Emirates.

According to him “While the international community is increasing its focus on addressing climate change, the state needs to do more because states must prioritize climate-related issues in their budgets.

He however called on the government to increase funding to enhance climate resilience and adaptation strategies, aligning with the global momentum to combat climate change.

” Our advocacy for a more robust allocation emphasizes the urgency of addressing climate issues at both national and sub-national levels if we are to achieve the SDG 2030,” he said.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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