With a rapidly growing population and challenging economic situations, there is an urgent need for the country’s population to be properly controlled to limit the threat of climate change and protect the environment.
Speaking at a Lecture to celebrate the 70th birthday and retirement of distinguished Professor Babajide Ibitayo Alo, Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, stressed that the nation needs to manage its population, especially as there are many parents who cannot meet up with the challenge of raising their children.
While comparing the population growth of Nigeria with that of the United Kingdom, the Deputy Governor noted that there is a significant increase from 67 million to over 200 million within 61 years.
Delivering the lecture, “The Role and Perspective of Government in Resolving Current Issues on Global Environmental Challenges”, Dr. Hamzat described climate change as a threat to humanity, which must be deliberately and immediately curbed.
He added that Lagos State in the last 10 to 14 years has taken climate change issues seriously by putting together numerous policy frameworks and adopting global best practices to shape the government’s response to the challenge.
According to him, “As a highly vulnerable coastal state with a rapidly growing population, we must act fast to protect its fragile ecosystems and populations in low-lying areas”.
Dr. Hamzat stated that the government plans to expand the BRT network, deploy low-emission buses, and provide vehicles to the BRT Traffic edge of the city.
In his remarks, the Oniru of Iru land, Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahun Lawal, called for the cooperation of the people in the protection of the environment, saying the government alone cannot do it.
The monarch noted that lukewarm support by the citizens may hamper environmental policies from achieving the desired effects.
He commended the government for striving to build a more sustainable city that will be resilient to the effect of climate change, stressing that the government’s efforts to reduce carbon footprint by adapting a compact city plan and establishing six air quality monitoring stations should be applauded by all.
In his inaugural lecture, the celebrant, Prof. Babajide Ibitayo Alo urged government to deepen the domestication of relevant training, research and development and improve local content drive in all sectors of the economy.