12 June 2008

Nigeria: Lagos to Reduce Emission

Lagos — The city of Lagos as a member of the C40 cities is collaborating with Clinton Climate Initiative towards actualising the reduction of greenhouse gases emission.

Speaking on the occasion of the World Environment Day last week, Governor Babatunde Fashola particularly stressed that the indiscriminate emission of carbon dioxide (Co2) is today wrecking havoc in the state just as in the whole country, Africa and the world at large. He was represented at the event held at the LTV Hall, by his deputy, Princess Sarah Adebisi Sosan.

The Governor said that collaboration with the Clinton Initiative would help to reduce greenhouse gases emission as well as assist in the following areas: the provision of four compost plants on Badagry and Epe axis, conversion of waste to energy programme, conversion of sawdust and other municipal solid waste residue to briquette, financing downstream waste management support services, intervention in the beautification project in the state by planting 5,000 trees within the metropolis, restoration and remediation of the landfill sites in Ejigbo and Gbagada to capture potential carbon emission.

The others include the promulgation of studies that would identify benchmark for the emission control standards, more capital investment in the waste management sector through development of new sanitary landfill sites, support through investment in best practice for disposal of hazardous waste, development of more transfer loading stations within the geographical zones of the state, solar powered intelligence traffic control and management lighting system, public enlightenment for orientation and cultural change with regards to road usage, setting up of horticultural schools in the three geographical zones of the state and establishment of tree nursery Fashola added that the State Government has embarked on an intensive campaign aimed at curtailing the negative impacts of the emission of Co2 and other greenhouse gases such as biodiversity losses, declining fertility, massive destruction of arable land, depletion of water resources and global warming. The campaign which is coordinated by the state ministry of environment has as its theme, "Kick the Habit towards a Low Carbon Economy."

Due to the fragile ecosystem of Lagos State, the Governor said the Environment Ministry has intensified tree planting and preservation as a way of checking biodiversity losses and other harmful effects of Co2 emission. He said this resolve has been demonstrated with the various on-going greening and beautification programmes in the state, some of which include inner and outer Marina, Falomo Clover Leaf Park, Eric Moore, Airport Loops, Western Avenue Median, 10 loops along Oworonshoki, Victoria Island, Roundabout at Sobo Arobiodu, GRA Ikeja, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Isheri to Oworonshoki Median via Old Toll Gate, Ijora Causeway and Two Triangular lay by along Ikorodu road.

Fashola said that Lagos as a mega city has a central role to play in tackling environmental and climate change particularly as they produce a high quantum of greenhouse gases.

Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Muiz A. Banire also declared the preparedness of the present administration to tackle head on the environmental challenges facing the state. In this regard, he said the state has embarked on direct sponsorship of landscaping and beautification of open spaces, roundabouts, recreation parks, road medians and verges.

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