Experts and environmentalists have urged people to switch from fossil fuels to clean (renewable) energy in order to combat the threat of climate change, which is wreaking havoc on Nigeria and the rest of the world.
Mr. Idris Ibrahim, a representative of the Bank of Industry’s Renewable Energy Department, said on Wednesday at a program to mark World Emission Day, 2022, organized by the Dawn Project Initiative in Lagos, that the BoI would continue to encourage people to invest in an alternative source of energy through its funding.
“The Bank of Industry has weekly televised programmes on the Nigerian Television Authority and selected stations that air what the Bank of Industry is doing and how people can benefit from our services,” he explained.
“The bank engages in a lot of engagement with stakeholders and customer forums, just to sensitize people about how they can participate in what the bank is offering.”
“In terms of renewable energy, the bank offers 9% on loans collected annually, but many people are unaware because they do not participate in these forums.” We want to encourage as many people as possible to come out and participate in order to help the industry and alternative sustainable energy sources.”
The combustion of fossil fuels such as gasoline, kerosene, diesel, and coal has contributed to global warming, prompting experts to recommend that people switch to clean energy sources such as solar, hydropower, and wind.
Desmond Majekodunmi, Chairman of the Lekki State Urban Forest and Animal Shelter Initiative, also urged Nigerians to stop environmental pollution.
He stated that the world only had about 12 years to save the planet from the effects of climate change before they become irreversible.
“More than ever before, it has become a necessity for us, especially as Nigerians, to start taking our environment seriously and caring for it,” he said. An estimated three to five million people die each year as a result of waste and pollution in the air and water we breathe.
“Nigerians have a tendency to take issues lightly, but this is no laughing matter.” We cannot continue to live as if everything is fine when the environment we live in is deteriorating right in front of our eyes, from the top down.
“We must immediately halt pollution.” We have between eight and twelve years as humans to make the necessary changes to our environment before the damage becomes irreversible. They say that prevention is better than cure; we can’t keep destroying our home and smile.”
Majekodunmi, a founding partner of the Dawn Project Initiative, added that the government’s irresponsibility in decision-making had also contributed negatively to environmental damage in Nigeria.
Dr. Adebola Odunsi, Senior Special Assistant to the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, said awareness about climate change and its effects would require a collaborative effort from both the government and private individuals, adding that he was happily talking to a calibre of people who could effect positive change.
He did, however, mention that the Lagos State Government had policies in place to facilitate free information distribution and to encourage as much innovation as possible in the space.
“Lagos State is willing to collaborate with institutions, academia, international bodies, and schools to spread the message of climate change and instill this consciousness in the younger generation,” he stated.
“The Ministry of Environment has a program called the Environmental Bees Project, which is a school-based extracurricular activity in which students are encouraged to participate.” It teaches them the fundamentals of environmental protection practices from the ground up, which they will then pass on to their communities and families, promoting the sustainable and equitable use of our environment.”