The Wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has restated the need for all hands to be on deck in the quest for environmental sustenance across the nation.
She made this remark during the 12th National Council on Environment which held in Akure on Wednesday.
Speaking at the three-day assembly themed “Environment and Security in Nigeria: Consolidating Nigeria’s Environment Sector Reforms Towards Sustainable Development, Mrs. Akeredolu noted that through her personal non-profit organisation, Betty Anyanwu -Akeredolu Foundation, (BAAF) she has galvanised the support of good minded Nigerians towards the effecting of projects aimed at providing better living environments for the populace. She observed that individuals in different communities, not necessarily government, can help to achieve this lofty vision.
“I guess what I am trying to establish here is that sustaining our environment is everybody’s business and we can all chip in.
“Individuals in communities can help in driving this prospect of changing the narrative, of changing our behaviour towards the environment. And there is no place to achieve this change than in our schools and our children.
“Mind you, we are intricately connected to the environment.”
While calling on town planners to insist that people do not build on drainage ways, Mrs Akeredolu warned that any negligence of the environment can lead to disastrous consequences.
“Those who plan our cities will not do what is on the paper. Where there is road, where there is gutter, we build houses.
” So for us to really take out this problem that we have created for ourselves, it has to be a multi-sectoral approach. Planning people will be there and we have to engage in advocacy programmes so that people can change their filthy behaviour.”
The Wife of the Governor further advised Nigerians to desist from indiscriminate exploration of mineral resources stressing that this would help to check youths restiveness in Niger Delta regions across Nigeria. She also encouraged policy makers to pass laws that would help preserve the environment while not failing to include women in the initiation process.
“Women are very tied to the environment. You must not be planning how to solve environmental problems in this country without women as stakeholders.
” I can’t end my talk without mentioning clean energy. In talking about sustainable environment, renewable energy, clean energy must be an important component. ” She said.