Chris Ngige, Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, has blamed the recent outbreak of meningitis in the country on climate change.
Ngige said over 1000 casualties was recorded during the latest outbreak of the ailment can be blamed on the adverse effects of climate change.
He said this while addressing world leaders at the 106th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland.
“The adverse effects can be found everywhere in our ecosystem which have manifested in the difficulties associated with the generation of sustainable income and the promotion of better livelihood for the citizenry.
“A manifestation of the adverse climatic condition in my country was the recent outbreak of cerebro-spinal meningitis which resulted in the death of over 1000 people.
“The people were predisposed by the extreme heat waves which assisted an uncontrollable meningitides bacteria multiplication.
“We therefore cannot but agree that mitigation of climate change is the most paramount element in shaping the present state and future condition of work.”
He said the country has implemented various measures to tackle the challenges of climate change to fulfill the objectives of the agreement.