The Lagos State Government has tasked youths on environmental sustainability and the need to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
The Lagos government gave the charge through its environmental agencies in a statement signed by Mrs Bola Ajao, the Chief Public Affairs Officer, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), on Friday, March 25, 2022.
The agencies included LASEPA, the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), the Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency (LASAA), and the Lagos State Parks and Gardens (LASPARK).
Ajao said that the agencies were ready to engage the youths on environmental activism that would further expose them to the vulnerability of the environment, unfriendly environmental practices and need to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
She said that the heads of the agencies organised an advocacy talk and quiz competition for students of some state public schools, to test their knowledge on basic environmental topics.
According to her, the event is to felicitate with the oldest state-owned university, Lagos State University (LASU), on the occasion of its 25th convocation ceremony.
She said that it was to commemorate the achievement of the citadel of learning with environmental friendly awareness programme, to reawaken the consciousness of taking actions against pollution.
Ajao said that various programmes had been embarked upon by the state government, for the purpose of directing the attention of school pupils to environmental sustainability at a tender age.
”In recognition of the importance of our youths as agents of change, who need to urgently show commitment through their lifestyles and actions to tackle global environmental problems.
”This programme was collectively put together as a single voice, confronted with multiple common challenges attributed to unfriendly practices, that if not addressed, may lead to natural disasters.
”Young people constitute a large part of the world’s population, hence, the need to inculcate good habits in them and imbibe the culture of responsibilities and wise use of the environment.
”Therefore, the move is to reaffirm our collective responsibility to environmental education and youth participation in environmental protection,” she said.
The quiz competition which had students drawn from various schools around LASU/Ojo and its environs produced four winners, which included Happiness Omijie, Bridget Azurundu, Divine Okafor, all of Iba Housing Estate and Esther Ayomide of Army Cantonment Girls school.
The winners were presented with gifts and cash prizes, while other participants were rewarded with eco-friendly products such as reusable bags, multiple use bottles, plant seedlings and degradable refuse bags.
Ajao said that the choice of the gift was symbolic and in support of the recycling approach, as well as the circular economy drive of the government.
By Florence Onuegbu