The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, reiterated his commitment to championing the cause of nature conservation and supporting sustainable environmental management in the state.
He made this known through the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe at the Lagos State Government and Nigeria Conservation Foundation powered 2021 Annual Walk for Nature, which was held simultaneously in Ikoyi-Obalende, Surulere, and Ikeja Local Government Areas.
He emphasized that the State government would continue to protect biodiversity by enacting biodiversity laws.
He asserted that enacting biodiversity legislation would aid in the protection and management of wetland systems and biodiversity generally in the state.
He also spoke on the theme for the event, “Conserve Biodiversity, Sustain Humanity,” saying it was particularly appropriate, considering the worrisome rate at which the world’s biodiversity is being endangered.
Chief Ede Dafinone, Chairman of the Executive Council of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), while giving a remark stated that biodiversity is the bedrock of human existence, and urged everyone to live in harmony with nature.
He encouraged Lagosians to love themselves by caring for the environment while assuring that the Lagos State Government and the NCF will continue to spread the message of environmental sustainability to the grassroots.
Earlier, in a welcome address, Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, who was represented by Mrs Belinda Odeneye, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, stated that conserving biodiversity to sustain humanity is critical because biodiversity is essential to human health, well-being, and prosperity.