By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered that the review of school curriculum to incorporate teaching on environmental protection at the elementary levels across the State.
General Manager of Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, Dr. Adedolapo Fasawe, disclosed this on Sunday at an event marking the 2019 World Clean-Up Day in Lagos.
Fasawe stressed that the aim was to improved sanitary attitude among Lagosians in order to get citizens’ involvement in achieving environmental sustainability.
“The state governor has tasked the Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources as well as the Ministry of Education to come up with an inclusive curriculum that would incorporate teaching on environmental protection at the elementary levels across the State”.
Fasawe added that it was imperative to get the younger ones involved in the crusade for a better environment, stressing that it is her hope that in some years’ time, the narrative would have changed.
“In everything we do we make use of water in one way or the other and the final destination for waste water is our lagoon or beaches and as such we cannot do without paying adequate attention to them. So as we clean our surroundings every day, we should also clean the waterways. We should always remember that the more we waste water, the higher the effect on us all. It is our collective responsibility to salvage our environment from degradation,” Fasawe pleaded.
She underscored the need to connect citizens to the appropriate mechanism in waste management, adding that a polluted society negatively affects the socio-economic structure of the entire residents.
“It is disturbing to know that part of the waste generated in the State still end up on the streets and drainage channels causing flooding and other human-made disasters capable of reducing the quality of life and negatively impact the economy” she reiterated.
The LASEPA boss confirmed that the clean-up initiative with the support of Green HubAfrica which took on Saturday, 21st of September, 2019 at Sura Shopping Complex and Kid’s Beach Garden, Elegushi, Ikate, was used to celebrate the International Coastal Clean-up Day, World Clean-up Day and Zero Emissions Day.
The General Manager noted that the collaboration between the State Government and GreenHubAfrica is in recognition of the crucial need for a change in the mind-set of the people on proper waste disposal etiquette.
Fasawe hinted that the efforts have been intensified to tackle environmental pollution, saying, this was the reason for the launch of Blue Box Programme aimed at encouraging the separation of recyclable materials from the general waste at the point of generation.