Help: Africa is new dumpsite for dirty energy

Gilbert Alasa

Zuriat Muniru sits in between the weary laps of her mother, Ramatu, that Thursday morning in August. As her mum peers at their shack overtaken by floods in Taodak Estate in Gbagada, Lagos, Zuriat flaps her frail arms without a care, tugging at her mother’s black veil.

But unless the government takes critical steps to address these extreme weather climate conditions, Zuriat’s joy and hope of a better life may be hampered. Together with her mum, they are likely to be among an additional 100 million people shoved deeper into poverty by 2030, according to the World Bank.

It says the impact of this extreme climate crisis equals a global USD520 billion loss in annual consumption and keeps about 26million more people in poverty every year.

Ramatu fled Borno with her husband in 2014 in the wake of Boko Haram onslaught. Her husband works as a home security guard while she sells pap and bean cake to earn a keep.

But the family was rendered homeless in 2019, following the…

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