In recognition of the Lagos State Government’s commitment to environmental regeneration and renewal, especially in the area of greening, Governor Akinwumi Ambode has been recognized with the Southwest Brand Ambassador award by ‘Nigeria Goes Green’ in recognition of his contribution to the preservation of green environment.
Speaking at a ceremony held at the State Ministry of the Environment, the Executive Secretary of the Association, Otunba Taiwo Adenekan noted that in the fight against desert encroachment, deforestation and climate change, the planet needs about 87billons trees and out of these, Lagos State, through its policy on the environment and greening, has successfully planted over 6million trees.
He further stated that the award will formally be bestowed on the Governor on November 24, 2016, to commemorate the United Nations International Day for Climate Action, a day specially set aside to take action to combat the effect of Climate Change.
According to him, “To mark this day in Nigeria, our organization ‘Nigeria Goes Green’ is awarding Mr. Akinwumi Ambode the South West Brand Ambassador Award in order to enhance its mission aimed at creating awareness for individuals and organizations to get involved in massive tree planting, instead of leaving the programme to government annual ritual and platitudes”.
Responding, the Governor commended the organisation for choosing him among others as worthy of the honour and promised that greater action by the government in mitigating the impact of climate change and global warming by setting a target of planting 1million trees yearly in order to meet the 10million target by the year 2020.
Ambode, who was represented by Commissioner for The Environment, Dr. Babatunde Samuel Adejare, stated that rather than expending greater resources in exploiting other planet as alternative abode, all hands must be on deck and all resources must be channeled towards making our planet earth a better place to live for this and generations yet unborn.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Ecology and Climate Change, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, represented at the occasion by Prince Ade Adewunmi, praised the organisers of the event for choosing Governor Ambode for the award, noting that it was a well-deserved honour.
He said that Lagos State has remained a pacesetter in every sphere of activities in the Nation and stressed the need for a collaborative effort of all stakeholders to further mitigate the effect of climate change and its attendant effect on global warming.
The General Manager, Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency, Mrs. Abimbola Jijoho-Ogun thanked the members of the ‘Nigeria Goes Green’ for the award, saying that “the award is another testimony that the State is working under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode”.