21 March 2008

Nigeria: Fashola Launches Climate Change Club

Lagos — LagosThe Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola has launched the climate change club organised by the Ministry of the Environment for primary and secondary schools in the state.

Speaking at the launch, yesterday, Fashola said the aim of the programme is to re-orientate the teeming youths and inculcate in them sanitary and greening habits to enable them serve as agents of change in the larger society.

"The formation of the climate change club in our public schools is a major step we are taking to stimulate greater public interest in and awareness of climate issues.

"We are aware that there are divergent perspectives about the reality of climate change and its implications. Our position in Lagos state is that climate change is real and has to be confronted headlong," he stressed.

The Governor said his administration would put in place a policy on climate change aimed at slowing down the emission of green house gases from all human activities including individuals, government and the organised private sector.

This, according to the Governor,will strengthen Science, technology and environmental education in the primary, secondary and tertiary institutions and enhance international cooperation to contain the challenge.

"The essence of today's launch," Fashola said, "is to further inculcate in the pupils the need to be actively involved in the protection of the environment in order to safeguard and secure their future from the impending catastrophe looming on humanity as a result of unwholesome human activities engendering global warming.

The Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire, in his address said the Ministry would provides a socials platform not only for the club to compete among themselves, but also networking with s similar clubs in other parts of the world. ìWe have also prepared a story book for this occasion. A documentary is ongoing and todayís event will be one of the milestones to be captured in the documentary that would later be made available in Cds, DVDs and MP 3 format.

Banire who noted that the clubs manual of activities will be launched in the next two weeks on a zonal basis said each club and each zone would be encouraged to priortise their activities, so that such programmes can reflect local needs

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