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Fashola: #ClimateChange Leads to Eko Atlantic City Initiative

Lagos: April 23rd 2015 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday disclosed that the grave effects of climate change compelled the administration of his predecessor, Senator Bola Tinubu to embark on the Eko Atlantic City project which, he said, put paid to wanton loss of properties and damage of public installations in the state. 

The governor, therefore, argued that the adoption of effective mitigation strategies could help reduce grave risks and uncertainties which, he said, climate change posed to human life, public infrastructure, strategic investments and wild life in the world’s major cities including Lagos, which he described as Africa’s model mega city.

He expressed concern at the seventh climate change summit he addressed at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island alongside the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, the British High Commission to Nigeria, Mr. Martins Uden and the German Consul General, Mr. Mitchel Deruz among others.

At the summit, Fashola explained how the previous and present administrations had been combating climate change, noting that the state government had put in place different policies and programmes which, he said, were especially targeted at attaining a sustainable environment in Lagos metropolis and suburbs.  

The governor said such programmes “include tree planting, climate change clubs in our schools, advocacy programmes for different groups, improved waste management and effective transportation management system.”

He added that the state government, also, embarked on the Eko Atlantic City project, energy conservation option, shoreline protection, drainage construction dredging among others. As a matter of fact, notable among these achievements is the evolution of a comprehensive climate change policy.”

He disclosed that the state government had started a review of the state urban plans and physical development and the building code initiative in a bid to promote climate change resilient and friendly housing.

He said the state government adopted several practical measures “to deal with the climate change phenomenon. The state-owned services such as Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Ambulance Service and Lagos Building Control Agency among others have been restructured and empowered to ensure speedy response in the event of disaster that can occur due to climate change.”

He explained that the Lagos Island Independent Power Plant, Akute Independent Power Plant, Lekki Independent Power Plant, Mainland Independent Power Plant and Alausa Independent Power Plant, which provide steady and gas-fired energy, had culminated in the decommissioning of diesel generators, thus reducing carbon emissions.

Consequently, Fashola canvassed sustained climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies for continued human existence, noting that the earlier the people realised that nature “does not need human beings to survive and that it is the people that need nature for their survival the world will be better place to live.

“As we have heard from Conservation International, nature and the environment do not need us to survive, but we need them. They will evolve. But can we evolve? Nature and environment have been here long before we came. Many like you and I have come and gone; we have come and certainly we would go.

“Therefore, the greater challenge is, for us, to understand how to preserve nature’s gifts. To adapt to nature’s evolution, mitigates against the hazards of the environment and seek for sustainability in all that we do.”

Also speaking at the summit, Uden commended the state government for its initiative on environment; saying the issues raised in the summits “are topic issues all over the world. Let me commend Governor Fashola for his visionary leadership.”

He created the Lagos State summit on Climate Change as a well as “established institution as highlight in the yearly Lagos conference agenda. For this, awareness was created and exchange promoted between stakeholders, academics and body of experts as well as the business world on relevant issues relating to climate change.”

by Gboyega Akinsanmia

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