Peace And Conflict Studies
At the Religions department office
Appointment on Visitation important
|1.||Ph.D (Peace and Conflict Studies)||Institute For Peace and Strategic Studies/University of Ibadan, Ibadan||2019|
Climate Change and the heat waves phenomenon in Lagos State, Nigeria
Heat waves phenomenon has taken an increasingly global dimension. Accordingly, scholars project that average temperatures will rise by 2°C by the end of the 21st century. Change and variations in climatic conditions (global warming, reductions in snow ice cap melting, change in global water cycle among others) have been identified as some of the factors responsible for the increase in frequency and intensity of heatwaves. Despite the focus of extant studies on the heat waves phenomenon and its consequences globally, little attention has been given to the occurrence of heatwaves in Nigeria’s former capital, Lagos State. Against the backdrop of the topography and population density of the State, this study examined the occurrence and management of heat waves phenomenon in Lagos State, Nigeria. Using the case study research design, a total of 15 purposively selected Key Informants were sampled. The respondent’s cuts across policymakers, an environmentally based Civil Society Organisation Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), and enforcement officers which cuts across the three senatorial zones of the State. Theory of Planned Behaviour served as the framework and data were analyzed descriptively. Findings show that Heat waves in Lagos State are prevalent in the State and are driven by climate change factors and overpopulation while health challenges such as dizziness and disorientation, have been linked to heatwaves. There is a lack of awareness by the public on the phenomenon hence efforts to combat is overlooked and discarded by the citizenry. The paper, therefore, recommends increased awareness as well as adaptative measures such as reduction in the use of heat-retaining infrastructure in the State to mitigate the occurrence and effects of heat waves.
YUSUF OLANREWAJU is a Lecturer II at the Department of Religions
YUSUF has a Ph.D in Peace and Conflict Studies from Institute For Peace and Strategic Studies/University of Ibadan, Ibadan