NAFRC Oshodi emerges cleanest resettlement centre, as Sanwo-Olu tasks Lagosians on sustainable living
The Nigeria Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC) Oshodi, has been declared the cleanest resettlement centre by the Lagos State Government at the grand finale of 2022 World Environment Day, held on Sunday at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
The event, which attracted key stakeholders in the environment sector, saw the presentation of the Green award to the Deputy Director of Coordination, Group Captain Babangida Zakari and Brig. Gen. Maxwell Ejike of the Nigeria Armed Forces Resettlement Centre Oshodi by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Lagos State Ministry of The Environment, Dr. Omobolaji Gaji.
Speaking at the event, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, urged residents to live sustainably with nature for the benefit of mankind, adding that it has become necessary to shift to a greener lifestyle through both policies and individual choices.
He stressed that sustainability of the environment is among the most pressing issues in the world, out of which the earth faces triple planetary emergencies namely; climate change, loss of biodiversity and environmental pollution.
Represented by Dr. Omolaji Gaji, the governor said the impact of the aforementioned challenges have negatively made the achievements of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) less successful.
He said Lagosians must admit the achievement of the State Government in Greening and Restoration of Indigenous trees project towards curbing climate change effect and its efforts to end open defecation by 2025.
According to him, while our individual consumption choices do make a difference, it is collective action that will create the transformative environmental change we need, so we can advance to a more sustainable and just Earth, where everyone can flourish.
He said: “It is pertinent to mention that this year’s theme “Only One Earth” was the slogan for the 1972 Stockholm Conference and 50 years on, this truth still holds as evidenced in the theme for World Environment Day 2022 being “ONLY ONE EARTH”.
“With nature in emergency mode, the #OnlyOneEarth campaign for World Environment Day 2022, wants us to celebrate the planet through collective environmental action,” he said.
He explained that around the world now, the planet is suffering a staggering rate of dramatic environmental changes, which is increasingly subjected to the negative effects of human population growth and the associated pollution problems.
The Governor commended corporate organisations, non-governmental institutions, traditional groups, religious groups and other notable bodies for ensuring that the state’s policy towards entrusting the legacy of greening and restoration of indigenous trees to the citizen is sustained.
Earlier in an address, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the state through the Ministry of the Environment & Water Resources has implemented several programmes to mitigate these challenges through tree planting, climate change summit, Environmental bees clubs in schools, waste to wealth and ban on open defecation.
The guest lecturer, Dr. Ayo Tella, while delivering his paper noted that Anthropogenic effects caused by human activities such as felling of trees have altered the earth’s natural systems and survival of many species.