In a bid to raise awareness about climate change among students, the Kwara State Government in Nigeria has inaugurated Climate Change Clubs in public schools across the region.
Speaking at the launch ceremony held at Government High School, Adeta Ilorin, the state’s Commissioner for Environment, Malam Shehu Ndanusa, emphasised the critical role of trees in maintaining ecological balance. He highlighted the adverse effects of illegal deforestation, stressing that it leads to a loss of biodiversity and exerts pressure on the ecosystem, ultimately impacting various aspects of human life such as health, food security, and overall well-being.
“We want the students to be well informed about climate change and support the government in eradicating deforestation and indiscriminate dumping of refuse,” Commissioner Ndanusa urged the students.
He further underscored the government’s commitment to empowering the Ministry of Environment and its agencies to enforce environmental laws effectively. Ndanusa assured that stringent measures would be taken against individuals or entities found violating these laws, particularly those involved in illegal logging.
Mr. Kadir Muhammad, the principal of Government High School, Adeta, expressed gratitude for the initiative, applauding the government’s recognition of youths as vital stakeholders in environmental preservation. He pledged the school’s full support for the Climate Change Club, affirming its dedication to curbing deforestation and fostering a clean and healthy environment within the state.
The event witnessed the presence of members of the Kwara Inter-ministerial Committee on Climate Change, along with environmental health professionals and representatives from non-governmental organisations, demonstrating collective efforts towards addressing environmental challenges in the region.