By; Niyi Ogungbola, Abeokuta.
Wife of the President, Hajiya Aishat Buhari has tasked Nigerians on the need to be part of the green revolution to help save the environment from the effect of global warming, saying the campaign had become necessary to save mankind and future generation from natural disasters.
Hajia Buhari said this during the Green Education for the Youth (GEFTY) programme tagged “Greening the Economy” commemorating the 50th birthday Anniversary of the Wife of the Governor of Ogun State , Mrs Olufunso Amosun at the Hubert Ogunde Hall, Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
She urged Nigerians not to pay lip service to the issue of climate change, particularly now that the earth’s temperature was rising beyond normal, noting that if the theme of the GEFTY programme; “Greening the economy” would be realised, relevant stakeholders need to embrace the green initiative to reduce the adverse effect of climate change.
Congratulating Mrs Amosun on her golden jubilee celebration, Hajia Buhari commended her for encouraging women and children in the country through various empowerment programmes that had brought succour to the needy in the society.
The President’s wife also charged the youths to take advantage of the inherent opportunities arising from the challenges posed by climate change and think of what they could do to earn a living.
In his remarks, the Governor of the State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun appreciated his better half, who he described as a pillar of support for the family, saying her ‘Uplift’ projects has helped to complement the efforts of his administration towards improving the standard of living of the people.
“I thank the Almighty God for his protection and grace upon your life most especially for preserving you to attain this golden age. It is my prayer that the Almighty Allah will continue to keep and strengthen you to witness many more year”, Amosun prayed.
In his address, the Chairman of the occasion, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma explained that human development had taken a centre stage across the world especially in the environment where the rise in populations is gradually having negative impact on the earth and as a result, more people are competing for space in the greener part of the society.
He commended the wife of the Governor for drawing attention of stakeholders to the green environment in order to make the world a safe haven, saying climate change arose out of the abuse of the environment through human activities such as air and water pollution, indiscriminate disposal of refuse and deforestation, among others.
In his keynote address, Dr Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija advised the people to stop indiscriminate dumping of refuse and think of how they could recycle the waste and turn it into wealth to earn a living, saying there are opportunities in waste recycling, urging participants to imbibe the green culture to protect the environment against degradation
Other dignitaries present at the occasion include Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osibajo, Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Minister for Environment, Hajia Amina Mohammed, former Senate President Sen. Ken Nnamani, Sen. Lanre Tejuoso, Prince Bola Ajibola, Wife of the former President of Nigeria , Mrs Bola Obasanjo, Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, Mrs Fola Solane, Mrs Nike Akande, spouses of Ogun State Government Functionaries Association (SOSGFA), and benefactors of Uplift projects, among others.
The event also featured discussions on green documentary, poem recitation, documentary on Mrs Amosun’s “Uplift” projects, donation of 1000 seedlings to the Uplift Development Foundation GEFTY Projects, presentation of gifts by Wife of the President and cutting of birthday cake.
By; Niyi Ogungbola, Abeokuta.