A Non-Governmental Organisation, Nature Protection and Environmental Improvement Initiative (NAPEIIN) will begin its 9jakidsgogreen project, which is aimed at addressing environmental challenges.

This was disclosed at a technical summit organised by the NGO in Lagos.

The project will be sponsored by the Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation, an NGO that focuses on financing NGOs in Health, Entrepreneurship, Environment and Leadership. It is expected to begin  this weekend

Lagos State, which has a population of over 21 million, is believed to be plagued by serious environmental challenges like non-renewable resource consumption, depletion of the environment, land degradation and waste disposal failures.

Amid rapid population growth and urbanisation, which began with the oil boom of the 1970s, the state also suffers water, air and soil pollution, which has a negative impact on school children.

NAPEIIN President Mr. Olusola Adekoya said: “The NGO has reached out to over 150 schools in the state, sensitising them on the importance of environmental sustainability and promoting tree planting by donating trees to schools.”

Adekoya sought the support of stakeholders in pushing the message of environmental sustainability to schools, communities and the state at Large.

Project Manager, 9jaKidsGoGreen, Dika Odum, said the project aims at getting Nigerian children involved in environment sustainability and climate change activities at an early age.

“Our primary targets are children aged between 11 and 15 years  in government owned secondary schools in the state,” he said.

Representing the Deputy Governor, Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Ronke Soyombo, assured of the state full support.

She said:“It is high time that we actually completely went green and something I really want to take up from NAPEIIN is the  fact they are starting with the children because if you want to make changes, it’s hard to make those changes with adults.”

A representative of the Ministry of the Environment, Mrs. Anna Kolawole, commended the project as laudable and assured the ministry’s support to NAPEIIN.

Source: The Nation Online NG

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