By Grace Alegba
The Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Environmental Engineers (NIEE) on Friday commemorated the World Environment Day with tree planting and environmental education.
NIEE, a division of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) embarked on a two-kilometre walk and planted trees to create awareness for nature.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mrs Abiola Kosegbe, who is the NIEE Lagos chapter chairperson, led the walk from Alausa to Agidingbi Junior Grammar School.
Kosegbe, a fellow of NSE, also led the engineers to plant trees in the school compound while educating the students on sanitation, hygiene and environmental restoration.
Kosegbe stressed the need to curtail the impact of air pollution, which made Lagos residents “vulnerable to heart disease, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease prevalent among adults.”
She called for adoption of Green Economy for construction, infrastructure, energy generation and conservation, manufacturing, waste management, agriculture and every sphere of life.
The NIEE executive also presented cheques to three winners of the NIEE best Environment Essay writers, which was organised to spur excellence among the youth.
Mr Adisa Abiodun, a Mechanical Engineering Student of Lagos State Polytechnic, emerged Best Environmental Essay writer, and went away with a cheque of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira).
Mr Aregbeshola Azeez of the Lagos State University came second earning him a cheque of N50,000.00, while Mr Adisa Rahman of the University of Lagos came third with a gift of N25,000.00.
Kosegbe said NIEE demonstrated its passion for a safe, healthy, livable environment by collaborating with the Public and Private sectors in organising the 2021 World Environment Day.
She said NIEE partnered the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency, Ministry of Education, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Alpha Binomials Nigeria Ltd., Elfad Concept and Zebra G3 Services.
“This collaboration needs to be taken seriously because the ecosystem is made up of plants, animals, land, water, the atmosphere and humans. Counted by biomass, humans comprise just 0.01 per cent of global biodiversity.
“Together we all form part of the planet’s ecosystems, which means if there is an ecosystem degradation, our health and livelihoods are at risk as well,” she said.
She thanked the Lagos State government for enforcing non-felling of tree as well as burning of solid waste.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, said the Sanwo-Olu rigime was committed to ensuring safe, decent and livable environment for Lagos residents.
Salako said governor Sanwo-Olu’s vision of zero tolerance for illegal developments was being implemented through provision of adequate regulations and huge investment in planning procedures, technology and infrastructure.
“We must all note that the state government’s initiatives are programmed to effectively address the ensuing challenges of flooding, urban sprawl, congestion, connectivity and traffic among others.
“It is important to the countless ways in which natural systems support our wellbeing and prosperity,” he said.
The National President of NIEE, Mr Olalekan Ajani, enumerated the importance of engineers in managing the environment, saying that nature will fight back if neglected and abused.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Environment Day is the United Nations (UN) flagship day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. (NAN)