LASG Tasks Youths on Environmental Sustainability
The Lagos State Government has declared its readiness to further engage youths in environmental activism through four of its agencies to make them see the vulnerability of the environment, become cognizant of unfriendly environmental practices and adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
Addressing youths at a quiz competition for Public Senior Secondary schools, the General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, said the competition was jointly organised by her agency, the State Waste Management Authority LAWMA, Advertising & Signage Agency, LASAA, and the Lagos State Parks and Gardens, LASPARK to test their knowledge on basic environmental topics.
Dr Fasawe who said though the event was meant to felicitate with the state oldest owned university, Lagos State University, LASU, on the occasion of its 25th convocation, she explained that it was also part of the advocacy to reawaken the consciousness of the youths to take actions against pollution, and inculcate sustainable environmental friendly lifestyles in the young ones
“In recognition of the importance of our youth as agent of change who needs to urgently show commitment through their lifestyles and actions to tackle global environmental problems, this programme was collectively put together as a single voice, confronted with multiple common challenges attributed to unfriendly practices, that if not addressed, may lead to natural disasters.
Young people constitute a large part of the world’s population, hence the need to inculcate good habits in them and imbibe the culture of responsibilities and wise use of the environment. Therefore, today’s move was to reaffirm our collective responsibility to environmental education and youth participation in environmental protection.” She echoed.
Four winners emerged in the quiz competition which had students drawn from various schools around LASU/Ojo and its environs.
The winners are; Omijie Happiness, Azurundu Munachi Bridget, Okafor Divine of Iba Housing Estate respectively and Esther Ayomide of Army Cantonment Girls school, all of whom were presented with gifts and cash prizes, while other participants were rewarded with eco-friendly products such as reusable bags, multiple use bottles, plant seedlings and degradable refuse bags.
According to Dr Fasawe, the choice of gifts was symbolic and in support of LASEPA’s recycling approach as well as the circular economy drive of the Lagos State government.