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Lagos commissioner seeks environment protection

The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Lagos State, Mr Tunji Bello, has called for action to conserve biodiversity towards preserving and protecting the earth, as biodiversity represents a critical part of the natural environment.

He made the call at a virtual conference to mark the 2020 World Environment Day with the theme, “Biodiversity: Time for nature,” on Friday.

Bello said, “The environment must not be destroyed for development and survival, and biodiversity should be preserved because of its wildlife and natural attributes which would attract people to the location.”

He said the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources was willing to collaborate with stakeholders in a meaningful engagement that would bring restoration to wetlands, coastal areas and other biodiversity.

Technical Director, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Dr Joseph Onoja, in his presentation at the webinar on “Engagement of citizens, CBOs and private sectors in nature management and protection,” emphasised that plants and animals were an integral part of the existence of humans.

He stated that nature had created a balance for the enjoyment and overall wellbeing of humans.

However, he added, human beings through their activities had interrupted and disrupted the balance.

This disruption had come with its attendant negative consequences making life unbearable for humans, he said.

Generally, he said, nature provided citizens with the most essentials of life such as shelter, clothing and food.

He noted that nature provided protection to communities by preventing flooding, landslides, wind disasters and providing clean water.

He said, “For any meaningful engagement for the protection and proper management of nature to occur, there is need for citizens, Community Based Organisations and private sectors to understand the importance of nature.”

Onoja added that private sector players and business owners should join in the effort to restore the environment.

He said this was necessary because nature was the number one investment capital as it provided raw materials and stability for businesses.

Director, Centre for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, Lagos State University, Prof. Adeola Animashaun, said that COVID-19 had impacted negatively on the sustainable development goal.

She urged Nigerians to do everything possible to preserve nature and avoid the release of carbon monoxide that has continued to impact the climate negatively.

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