A non-governmental organization, Connected Development (CODE) in collaboration with Transcorp Hilton has called on Nigerians and the incoming government to take collective action to tackle climate change in Nigeria.
The Chief Executive of CODE, Mr Hamzat Lawal, made the call at an event in commemoration of “Earth hour 2023” in Abuja.
Lawal said that the call was imperative to draw the attention of Nigerians to the effects of climate change and the need to collectively tackle it and save the earth.
In his words, “This event is important because as citizens, we have taken a stand that we are going to conserve energy.
“We are also conscious with the fact that over 100 million people do not have access to electricity.
“Over 60 million people do not have access to potable drinking water, over 80 million people go to bed in Nigeria today with empty stomach.”
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According to Lawal, there is need to take a stand and take action to conserve energy and raise awareness.
“Most importantly, our incoming government should be inspired by this little action by citizens and complement our actions in putting in place a regulatory framework and policies that will garner action.
“Nigeria is committed to the framework on climate change, so what will be Nigeria’s position?
“So today as citizens, we are taking a position, we are inspiring other Nigerians to be conscious of how we can save the planet earth but most importantly recognise that I am earth, you are earth and each and every one of us is mother earth,” he added.
With the frameworks in place, Lawal expressed confidence that Nigeria would fulfill its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly with regard to addressing climate change.
Story was adapted from NAN