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Lagos Government and NCF call for precautionary approach to tackling climate change

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, unveiled the State’s Social Welfare Policy to address socio-economic vulnerability to poverty and deprivation at all levels of society.

The policy is a framework that will provide direction, clarity and ensure consistency in the implementation of various programs and initiatives by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the state.

In a statement yesterday, Sanwo-Olu at the public presentation of the policy manual said the recent global economic downturn and the uncertainty orchestrated by the COVID-19 pandemic and other emerging realities have compelled the government to provide the policy.

The event was organized by the Lagos Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and held in Ikeja.

The governor said the critical role that social protection plays in alleviating poverty and supporting the vulnerable necessitated endorsement of the framework by the state’s Executive Council.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Sam Egube, said that one of the promises he made when he took office was to fight poverty and ensure a dignified life to residents, as outlined in the administration’s development program. .

Meanwhile, UNICEF Nigeria’s Director General of Social Policy, Dr. Hamidou Poufon, commended Sanwo-Olu’s willingness and commitment to ensure the realization of the social protection policy, as well as the support of the state government. He added that the Lagos State Government had always been in the lead and UNICEF was proud to collaborate in achieving the goals of addressing poverty and vulnerability issues.

In a separate development, the Lagos State Government yesterday urged residents to adopt a conservatory approach to forestry and the ecosystem within the state to mitigate the impact of climate change.

State Commissioner for Agriculture Abisola Olusanya gave the charge on the International Day of Forests (IDF) 2022 organized by the ministry in collaboration with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and other partners.

The IDF was set aside to raise awareness of the importance and contributions of forests to the Earth’s life cycle and to alert awareness to the extraordinary challenges facing the world.

Olusanya called on residents to guard against the indiscriminate destruction of forests, as they are crucial in mitigating climate change and contribute to the stability and well-being of current and future generations.

Furthermore, NCF’s Green Recovery Nigeria Coordinator, Folakea Salawu, said the collaboration is in line with one of NCF’s flagship programs, which aims to increase forest cover in Nigeria from the current 7% to 25% through planting eight million trees across the country.

Joel C. Hicks