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Respect the environment, commissioner tells pupils

The Ekiti State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Eniola Ajayi, has warned pupils against environmental degradation.

She made the appeal while delivering a lecture, “Save Our Planet,” at the Caleb International College, Magodo, Lagos.

The school organised the lecture to mark the 2014 Primary Schools’ Day, which focused on Climate Change.

No fewer than 10 primary schools in Lagos attended the lecture. Speaking to the pupils, the commissioner urged them not be involved in indiscriminate felling of trees, burning of refuse, and other acts capable of depleting the ozone layer.

She said, “Do not join them in illegal cutting of trees. When you cut down trees, you are exposing the environment to danger. There has to be massive regeneration of our forest. What we preach in Ekiti State is that one man must plant one tree, and not one house, one tree.

“Apart from planting of trees, you must also plant grasses. If you have a green environment, it will reduce green house emission. ”

Ajayi also noted that the continuous exploitation of the crude oil, use of old refrigerators, vehicles emitting carbon monoxide, among others, posed a great danger to the environment and the people.

She added, “We must stop the unnecessary exploitation of the crude oil, if we do not, the outcome may become unbearable by 2020. Again, emissions from vehicles and refrigerators are also not friendly to the environment.”

Ajayi, who said that industrialised nations contributed negatively to climate change, noted however, that developing countries were the ones suffering the consequences of their actions.

On the effect of climatic change, she noted that the Lake Chad, which had water in the 60s, has had its water dried up, given way to only vegetation.

The Educational Administrator, Caleb Group of Schools, Dr. Funmi Oboye, said the lecture was to educate the pupils on contemporary environmental and societal issues.

She said, “We always bring resource persons to talk to the invited primary schools pupils and our pupils too on relevant topics about issues in the society. This year, the topic is on climate change, and by next year, we will be treating another topic.

“We believe in catching them young, so that when they grow up, they will put into practice what they were taught in these lectures.”

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