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Lagos seek approach to fight land degradation

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By Usman Oladimeji

Rapid urbanization and growing population made the state vulnerable.

Residents of Lagos State have being encouraged by the state government to be proactive in dealing with land degradation and improving their ability to withstand drought. Speaking during the conclusion of the 2024 World Environment Day Celebration in Lagos state, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, highlighted that the state’s rapid Urbanization and growing population made it vulnerable to natural challenges, urging everyone to play their part in protecting the environment. The event’s theme “Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience” serve as a powerful motivator to tackle the pressing issues of land degradation, desertification, and drought that jeopardize the planet’s survival and prospects for the future.

According to the commissioner, approximately 1.9 billion hectares of land worldwide are impacted by land degradation due to unsustainable farming methods, Deforestation, and Climate Change. He noted that desertification, which occurs in more than 168 countries, is transforming fertile lands into desert and is considered a major environmental issue currently facing the world. Wahab emphasized the increased frequency and severity of droughts, which worsen the effects of climate change and jeopardize the resilience of ecosystems.

Sustainable land management would improving soil quality.

Wahab emphasized that Nigeria is grappling with severe challenges, particularly in combating land degradation and desertification, especially in the northern region, due to its expansive and varied terrain. The encroachment of deserts and the diminishing arable land are severely impacting agricultural output, access to water sources, and the well-being of millions of Nigerian citizens. The interconnection between the quality of the land and essential resources like food, water, biodiversity, and livelihoods is crucial for the well-being of communities. It was pointed out that these issues are widespread and impact millions of individuals globally.

He advocated for the implementation of a program focused on Sustainable Land Management, saying it would help in improving soil quality and increasing Productivity, while also contributing to carbon Emissions reduction. In addition, there is a program designed to educate and engage communities, providing them with essential knowledge and resources for Empowerment. Wahab mentioned that the state is actively engaging in outreach initiatives to instruct farmers, community figures, and residents about sustainable methods that support land rehabilitation and resistance to drought. While the task is challenging, he expressed optimism and certainty that with their combined resolve, the states will overcome these obstacles.

Significant challenges faced ecosystems due to urbanization.

The state government’s actions to revive its land, fight against desertification, and improve resistance to drought will have positive effects on the environment, Economy, and future generations. The commissioner reiterated the administration’s commitment to enforcing the law on all environmental violations, adding that there will be no leniency in upholding regulations. In his opening speech, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu, the Governor’s Special Adviser on Environment, highlighted the significant challenges faced by ecosystems due to urbanization, climate change, Pollution, and unsustainable land use practices.

Despite these obstacles, there is a chance for unity in rethinking our connection with the environment, developing Eco-friendly solutions, and preserving the equilibrium necessary for the well being of the earth and future generations. He noted that the state government has been leading the way in environmental preservation and Sustainability through projects like tree planting and Waste Management improvements. The government’s dedication to environmental management is evident through the implementation of initiatives like the recent prohibition of Styrofoam food containers.

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During his speech, Dr. Gaji Tajudeen, the Permanent Secretary of the Office of Environmental Services, highlighted the urgent environmental issues facing the world. He stated that the World Environment Day event is not just about spreading awareness, but also about motivating people to take steps towards preserving the environment for future generations. Dr. Iwajomo emphasized the importance of land restoration, which involves halting degradation or revitalizing damaged land to enhance its productivity. The Green Awards recognized Private Sector leaders in Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Reporting, and Environmental Restoration for their contributions to preserving and restoring nature.


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