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By Clarkson Voke Eberu
20 June 2022   |   2:41 am
Greenhub Foundation, in collaboration with Sterling One Foundation, founded and funded by Sterling Bank Plc, yesterday, unveiled climate action superheroes in a school’s outreach

Sterling bank. Photo: Sterling Bank

Greenhub Foundation, in collaboration with Sterling One Foundation, founded and funded by Sterling Bank Plc, yesterday, unveiled climate action superheroes in a schools’ outreach programme in commemoration of the 2022 International Day of the African Child. 

Speaking at the event, which was held at the Jibowu Junior High School in Yaba, Lagos, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GreenHubAfrica Foundation, Henry Bassey, explained that the concept of climate action superheroes emanated from a United Nations action plan developed by academics in New York, United States, to positively engage children during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Symbolically, he said the climate action superheroes are Sultan from the North Central, who fights fumes, greenhouse gas emissions and pollution; Adesuwa from the South-South, a waste collection and recycling ranger; Obi from the South East, who speaks the truth about climate change and Amina, an energy expert from the North East, who speaks to issues of energy consumption levels and how to reduce or eliminate them.
Others are Oche from the North Central, who strives to save the planet with vegetables; Efe, the water wizard from the Delta area, who likes to save waters from pollution; Abike from the South West, who is the green guide that protects the natural habitat through planting of trees and Ekanem, the fashion fixer.
In her remarks, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sterling One Foundation, Mrs. Peju Ibekwe, affirmed that Sterling Bank had prioritised issues of the sustainable environment since 2008 and partnered with over 26 states of the federation in addressing environmental issues.

Her words: The foundation is now partnering with the future through school children with its HEART initiative. Our HEART initiative stands for health, education, agriculture, renewable energy and transportation through which we will continue to prioritise the sustainable environment and climate action, because to us, waste is not actually waste, but a resource.
“We have, therefore, resolved to catch them young, teach and inculcate sustainable environmental issues in innovative ways to schools in Lagos and other states of Nigeria. This, in our estimation, will enhance children’s knowledge of the environment, as they find innovative ways of nurturing their surroundings and creating value in the society.”

Officials of the Lagos State Government, who attended the event and spoke on the issues of climate change and sustainable environment are the Commissioner for Education, represented by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA), Akeem Amosu; Senior Special Assistant to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Education, Mrs. Adetola Salau and Principal of Jibowu Junior High School, Akindele Olayinka Ann, among others.
In her address, Akindele expressed delight over the choice of her school for the programme, saying the students and their counterparts in other schools would benefit immensely from activities of the outreach, especially as they would be educated on the difference between climate change and global warming in as much as they are used interchangeably.
She commended the organisers, adding that the eight-week training programme, being organised for the students, would empower them with the requisite skills to positively contribute to addressing the challenges.