In its bid to catch them young, the Kwara State Government has launched a Climate Change Club in Public schools to introduce students to the campaign on Climate Change and sensitize the populace on the dangers of deforestation.
The Press Secretary and Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Environment, Yakub Kamaldeen Aliagan, confirmed this in a statement.
The statement noted that the State Commissioner for Environment, Mallam Shehu Ndanusa Usman disclosed this during the launching of the Climate Change Club at Government High School, Adeta, Ilorin, recently.
“When the economic trees are fallen illegally at the expense of the state and nature, the Environment may not be sustainable due to the loss of biodiversity and pressure on the entire ecosystem, the outcome will affect all aspects of our lives ranging from health, food, security of life and property and others that have to do with our daily lives.
“In light of these, we want you to be well informed of the need to know more about Climate Change and join hands with the government to eradicate deforestation or logging, indiscriminate dumping of refuse, illegal burning of the bush, and join in sustaining a clean and healthy environment”, the commissioner said.
The Commissioner reiterated the commitment of the present administration to empower our Ministry and its Agency to strengthen enforcement and compliance with the existing laws prohibiting illegal logging and sanctioning environmental violators.
In his remarks, the Principal of Government High School, Adeta, Alhaji AbdulKadir Muhammad commended the initiative of Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq for believing in the youth and involving them in the running of the government.
He therefore assured him of the unflinching support of the Climate Change Club in curbing deforestation and sustaining a clean and healthy environment in the state.
The launching was attended by the members of the Kwara State Interministerial Committee on Climate
Change which cuts across the Ministries, Environmental health professionals and NGOs.