OSHODI, LAGOS – (FIC Lagos Report) – The United Nations Information Centre in collaboration with the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice held the International Day for Peace on September 20, 2019 at the the Oshodi / Isolo Local Government Area in Lagos State.
The Federal Information Centre in Lagos reported that participants from various organizations were in attendance both young and old, adding that Sheriff Mulade (Comrade), who is the National Coordinator of the Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) in his welcome address said that climate change is real and its no longer a distant threat.
He also noted that climate change affects all regions of the world and cuts across all the segments of the society. Adding, the aim was to continue to create awareness on the devastating impact of climate change on the collective existence of peace and the need to act now.
The Executive Chairman of Oshodi / Isolo Local Government Area, Idris Bolaji Muse- Ariyor in his speech delivered by the Executive Vice Chairman of Oshodi / Isolo, Daisi Oso (TPL) said that his administration doggedly ensures that peace reigns in Oshodi / Isolo Local Government with the co-ordination of various security agencies in the LGA as complement to their efforts. He also said that they have to be free of environmental challenges and remain peaceful.
When interviewed, the Vice Chairman promised to pass on the torch and pass on the message. He also implied that when the stakeholders leave, they will begin to design policies to effect what had been discussed and implement them.
The Director of the United Nations Information Centre, Ronald Kayanja in his remarks said that the earth is the major reserve that exists and that the UN Secretary General has made climate action a major part of his global advocacy with a call on all Member States to double their ambition towards saving the planet.
He identified the actions that individuals can take to include learning more about global warming and how it affects them and their communities. He also challenged them to make demands to the leaders through advocacy and other actions, saying leaders at all levels have roles to play, relating to adaptation and mitigation. He also informed them to contribute their quota by planting trees, avoiding single-use plastics, trying the use of solar panels for electricity, instead of generators, among other.
Ronald Kayanja admonished them to mobilise others to join climate change groups for dialogue, debates and action, emphasizing that this planet belongs to all of humans who must work together to save it.