Mr Olabode Duke-Garbadeen,a former commissioner, Lagos State Local Government Civil Service Commission, has urged Nigerian youths to be agents of positive change for a better nation.
Duke-Garbadeen , who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Epe on Thursday, said youths should refrain from acts that could undermine the stability of the country.
He warned the youth against being used to breach societal peace or cause destructions in their various communities.
Duke-Garbadeen noted that most acts of violence and destruction were perpetrated by young people ,saying no society could achieve progress with such “The burning of BRT buses as well as the destruction of government properties sometime ago in the state was carried out by some misguided youths .
“Acts of violence and destruction are usually perpetrated by misguided young people,and this not in their own interest and that of the country “Youths should strive to be agents of positive change for societal good and not be used to destroy their communities.
“Nigerian youths should develop their talents for the growth and development of the various communities and the nation in general ,” he said.
Duke-Garbadeen also urged the youth to be actively involved in politics to better contribute their quota to national development.
“The youth should get involved in politics and all activities that would make them relevant in nation building.
“Politics should not be left in the hands of the old alone , the youth should get involved to move closer to the corridors of power and decision making, ” he said.
On godfatherism in politics,Garbadeen described the practice as discouraging ,saying it hindered the emergence of credible leaders.
The ex- commissioner advised all political parties to allow the choice candidates of the people to prevail and stop forcing party candidates on the people and party members.
He said youths, political leaders and the public should allow elected officers to discharge their mandate effectively and stop begging them for money all the time.
“People often beg public office- holders for irrelevant things, thereby distracting them from discharging their duties and responsibilities to the society.
“This act will not grow the economy rather it will draw the nation backward,” he said.
The ex – commissioner urged the youth and Nigerians to get their PVC to elect their preferred candidates in 2023 .
The timely intervention of the police in Lagos saved four persons from being lynched by a mob on the Eko bridge.
The spokesman of the Lagos Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, made this known on his verified Twitter handle monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria .
”The timely intervention of Police from Ebute-Ero Division and Rapid Response Squad (RRS) rescue the four persons from being killed by a Mob. He said that the four adults (including one grandmother) were beaten black and blue on Wednesday in Eko bridge.
“They were suspected of being kidnappers because they had with them in their vehicle twelve children (ranging from seven-month old to 12 years old).
“Police officers from Ebute-Ero Division and the RRS were on time to rescue the adults from lynching.
“Their vehicle was totally burnt down by the mob.
” He said that preliminary investigation showed that they were all coming from the beach where they allegedly went to do some sacrifices.
Hundeyin said that the adults also explained that the children were their children and grandchildren.
According to him, the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigating Department (SCID) for further investigations.
He warned Lagos residents against jungle justice.
Wednesday’s round of 32 matches in the 2022 Aiteo Federation Cup competition really lived up to the contest’s biggest feature of surprise element, where underdogs give no respect to big names.
The competition’s round of 64 a week earlier, where the big names make their entry, looked to be too easy for the top-flight sides from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The likes of Shooting Stars FC, who never got to the national stage, and new NPFL champions Rivers United who withdrew last week were spared the ignominy of being eliminated by underdogs though.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Wednesday’s games did the expected though, with Cup-holders Bayelsa United and former champions Rangers International being sent packing.
Two-time CAF Champions League winners Enyimba International and 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup aspirants Remo Stars were also victims after the matches threw up interesting results.
Bayelsa United, even though not in the top-flight but a big name in Nigerian football, fell to fellow Nigeria National League (NNL) side Green Berets.
Rangers International were eliminated by former fellow NPFL side Heartland FC, just like Kwara United and Remo Stars who fell to other top-flight sides.
But Nasarawa United, former continental competition campaigners, did not have it easy qualifying against Sokoto United.
They had to go through the “shooting range”, the stage where penalty kick shootouts go to the sudden death level.
Former Cup champions Bendel Insurance also had to endure a penalty kicks shootout against Ottasolo FC in order to go through.
Now, the round of 16 is expected to produce more of the surprises even though the number of underdogs still in the competition has thinned out.
Green Berets FC, Akure City Academy, Kogi United and DMD FC have top-flight opponents to contend with, but their opponents will still be wary of them.
They only need to look back at what happened in the round of 32 to keep looking over their shoulders.
The other four fixtures look well-balanced, with past meetings and association through the NPFL helping to form long-standing rivalry.
But noteworthy is the fact that eight of the 16 fixtures in the round of 32 were decided with penalty kick shootouts.
It is a pointer to what is likely to happen in this round of 16. Below are the results from the Round of 32, as well as the Round of 16 fixtures: ResultsBayelsa United 0 Green Berets 0 (4-5 penalty kicks) Enyimba International 0 Niger Tornadoes 0 (5-6 penalty kicks) Doma United 0 Lobi Stars 3 Akure City Academy 2 Bendel Insurance Feeders 1 Rangers International 1 Heartland FC 1 (7-8 penalty kicks) Sunshine Stars 5 Rovers FC 1 Cynosure FC 1 Katsina United 3 Remo Stars 0 Akwa United 3 Kogi United 2 Kanta United 2 (5-4 penalty kicks) DMD FC 0 Housing Corporation 0 (4-2 penalty kicks) Zamfara United 0 Kano Pillars 5 Fulfill FC 0 El-Kanemi Warriors 1 Kwara United 1 Wikki Tourists 1 (3-4 penalty kicks) Bendel Insurance 1 Ottasolo FC 1 (4-3 penalty kicks) Sokoto United 1 Nasarawa United 1 (10-11 penalty kicks) Fixtures Green Berets vs Niger Tornadoes Lobi Stars vs Akure City Academy Heartland FC vs Dakkada FC Sunshine Stars vs Katsina United Akwa United vs Kogi United DMD FC vs Kano Pillars El-Kanemi Warriors vs Wikki Tourists Bendel Insurance vs Nasarawa UnitedOLAL
Over 2,000 Nigerian youths jostled for 280 vacancies at the Huawei Job Fair held in Abuja.
The job was organised by Huawei, a global Information Technology Company, with presence in more than 170 countries of the world on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the youths who came in from different parts of the country, submitted their resumes to some of the IT companies at the fair.
Meanwhile some of the applicants were interviewed at the venue for possible employment.
Mr Osita Nweze, Huawei Deputy Managing Director for Cyber Security, who represented the Managing Director, expressed commitment to contributing to the Gross Domestic Growth of Nigeria.
He said one of the major commitments of the company was to help bridge the unemployment gap in the country by creating job opportunities.
Nweze said that there were lots of talents in the country that could be explored to contribute to the country’s ICT growth.
He said the company was focused on four major areas in carrying out its mandate.
The four areas according to him are seeds for future programme, ICT academy, ICT competition as well as the job fair.
“Nigeria as a nation provides investment in Information Communication Technology (ICT), meanwhile, the workforce of a nation is the most valuable asset meant to grow the nation.
“It is in this light we assembled key players in the industry today,’’ he said.
He commended the Nigerian government’s continuous support in ensuring that the company accomplished its mission of a fully digitised nation.
According to him, the Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the company to develop ICT talents in the country.
“This development gives Huawei the courage to keep pushing for a better digitised Nigeria.
“I also thank other partners for the collaboration.
“For the candidates who are here today ready to enter into the ICT industry, I encourage you to continue to pursue more knowledge for more expertise in the field,” he said.
The Huawei Human Resource Manager, Mrs Juliet Emeronye, said the company was fully committed to partnering with relevant organisations to create job opportunities for Nigerians.
She said, “our commitment is creating a digital world in Nigeria.
” Emeronye, who said that Huawei was established in 1987, and started operations in 2004, providing engineering services for the major telecommunication as well as other relevant companies.
NAN reports that over 15 IT companies were on ground at the fair to recruit into various positions like Backend Engineering, IT Security Support and Maintenance Engineering, and Sales promotion among others.
The Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has trained 100 teachers in primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom on entrepreneurship development education.
The Director General of SMEDAN, Mr Olawale Fasanya, declared open the capacity-building workshop for entrepreneurship tagged National School Entrepreneurship programme (N-SEP), under its Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme in Uyo. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was to equip the teachers with adequate business skills to enable them to translate the ideas to their students and pupils.
Fasanya said that through the programme, the teachers would be able to awaken the business consciousness of the students and d pupils by inculcating in them the culture of entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
“The Mind Shift Entrepreneurship Programme is designed to engage the vibrant energy of our students and youths and channel it into productive venture creation.
“The programme is to provide access to functional and hands-on literacy and community service education to every primary and secondary student in Nigeria.
“The programme will stimulate and facilitate the culture of entrepreneurship and community service in primary and secondary schools across Nigeria, with the view to assisting students in exhibiting creativity and innovation,” he said.
According to him, the national school entrepreneurship programme is to prepare the pupils and students for the 4th industrial revolution.
“There is a paradigm shift in today’s education.
It is no more ‘go to school, get good grades and get a good job.
’ “It is ‘go to school, get good grades and acquire skills of being your own boss, start your business,” Fasanya added.
The director general said that under the programme, the agency had trained 3,000 teachers in 29 states of the federation from 2017 to date, adding that the remaining seven states would be covered before the end of 2022. In her opening remarks, the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, said that entrepreneurship was indispensable for a nation to succeed in an ever-changing and more competitive global market.
Etiebet, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Rose Bassey, said that the inclusion of entrepreneurial education in school curriculum would boost the standard of education.
She said it would also provide students with the knowledge needed for learning and acquiring skills to become self-employed.
“The knowledge so gained would be transferred to our children in schools and encourage them to acquire skills which transform them to entrepreneurs,” Etiebet said.
She said that the state ministry of education was proud to be associated with SMEDAN on the timely and welcomed innovation.
The commissioner said the knowledge and experience so gained by the participants would enable them to become positive change agents in society.
Etiebet urged the participants to embrace the programme, exhibit a high level of discipline and concentrate throughout the training period to become good ambassadors of their schools.
In his goodwill message, Mr Ime Edoho, Chairman, Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) Akwa Ibom chapter, commended SMEDAN for being serious about entrepreneurship development and MSMEs in the country.
A participant, Mr Ubongabasi Ikpe, said the training would equipped them to create enterprise from teaching English Language, Mathematics and other subjects.
NAN reports that the training which drew participants across primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District will last for three days.
Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, the Commander, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) maintaining peace in Plateau and environs says the military will remain neutral and fair to all in securing the nation.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the OPSH is a multi task force in charge of security of lives and properties in Plateau, Bauchi and parts of southern Kaduna.
IIt was established 2010 and comprises of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and Department of State Security (DSS), the Police component consists of the Mobile Police and the Special Investigation Bureau (SIB).
Ali, who is also the General Officer Commanding (GOC) III Division of the Nigerian Army, Rukuba, near Jos, made this known when he received a delegation from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue visited him Wednesday in Jos.He said that the OPSH adopted non-kinetic strategies toward eradicate violence-tendencies that could led to chaos in the society.
He maintained that the operation has zero tolerance for human rights violation, adding that its target is to create a more secured environment for the actualisation of steady growth and development.
Ali, who lauded the organisation for its role in mitigating conflict in communities, said that the meeting would strengthen the relationship between it and the military particularly in the areas of information sharing and prompt response to security threats.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and Project Associate of the organisation, Mrs Olufemi Domkap, lauded OPSH for responding to security threats base on credible information provided by it.
She said that the group had made huge contribution toward influencing the lives of troublemakers in society to embrace peace and friendliness among diverse ethnic and religious groups.
Domkap, however, highlighted the need to strengthen the capacity of women for the enhancement of ”back-door” conversation during conflict resolution.
She called for the training of traditional rulers in the areas of mediation and conflict resolution, adding if communities adopt local method of dispute resolution permanent peace can be achieved.
Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the All Progressives Congress (APC), National Chairman has urged party members to close ranks and work as a team to ensure victory in the forthcoming general elections.
Adamu made the call while speaking with newsmen after inaugurating an eight-member Abia Reconciliation Committee.
“We have to do some works and forget some of the prejudices and stand together.
”We don’t want anybody to come here after the elections and start crying and laying blames on us for our failures.
“I will not listen to that, this is the time to unite, this is the time to work for unity, if we do, God will be with us,” the APC national chairman said.
He said ahead of inaugurating the committee, comprehensive meetings were held between the party’s leaders in Abia. Adamu said that they were involved in negotiations and its National Working Committee (NWC), especially during its primaries and after it.
Adamu expressed optimism that with the inauguration of the committee, there would be peace in APC Abia. “We are not going to hold reconciliation meetings again.
We will now leave it to the leaders of the party in Abia to play their politics in the state.
“Abuja is not about Abia, go to Abia and play politics there, do the necessary, lobby and reconciliation there because all politics is local.
“Abuja is not Abia locality, Abuja is the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), we converged here from various states.
Let Abia go and work together,” he said.
Adamu however, added that the party would not be satisfied with just 25 per cent of votes cast at the general elections.
“All the national elections, House of Representatives, Senate, Governorship, likely the presidential election, we will not be satisfied with just the 25 per cent of votes cast.
“No half way about it, if we are to win, we must try to win every state,” Adamu stressed.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Chris Adighije, in his remarks, said the committee would reconcile all aggrieved APC members in Abia. This, he said, was critical to enable the party build strength to face challenges from other political parties The APC National Chairman urged the members to quickly come together to work in unity.
“We are on our way back to Abia to play the local politics, reconcile all our members and ensure that we go straight for the low hanging fruits which would have lost if we don’t get together.
“And I know that by the grace of God and with the team, we are going to do the needful and ensure victory for our party,” he added.
Adighije said the party’s chances of winning APC in the coming elections were bright.
“If you look at my face very well you will know that I am an old war horse and I wouldn’t be standing here if I am not sure.
“So, we have great chance, we only have to do the needful to work together,” he said.
He added that the committee would do the needful to address every of the party’s challenges in Abia. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sen. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Deputy Chief Whip House of Representatives will serve as secretary of the committee.
Other members of the committee are Mr Henry Ikoh, Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Emeka Atuma, Martins Azubuike and Dr Emeka Wogu, former Minister of Labour and Productivity.
The APC Abia governorship candidate, Mr Ikechi Emenike is also a member of the committee, among others (www.
Leaders of some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have lauded the Federal Government for appointing Dr Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director-General of the National Council on Climate Change.
The CSOs, in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, also expressed their delight that the Federal Government considered their calls for the implementation of the Climate Change Act. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in recent weeks the campaigners were persistent in their demands.
The CSOs leaders and participants at a virtual workshop in July, had expressed the need for the federal government to establish the National Council on Climate Change.
Their call was made in order to boost implementation of the Nigeria Climate Change Act, which was signed into law in November 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Amid calls by youth groups for the commencement of the law’s implementation, the workshop was followed by the submission of a petition signed by 64 groups to relevant government agencies.
The campaigners, who urged government to immediately implement the climate law, also expressed their dismay over the delay by the government in implementing the core provisions of the Act. However, government took a major decision to signpost the beginning of the implementation of the Climate Change Act with the appointment of Dr. Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change.
Consequently, Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, the President of the Society for Planet and Prosperity (SPP), said he was delighted that the government has listened to the message sent by leaders of Nigerian CSOs and NGOs to urgently implement the Climate Change Act. Okereke is also the Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCCD) at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Abakaliki, Ebonyi.
Okereke led the Technical Committee set up by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to review the bill.
Also Nnaemeka Oruh, National Coordinator, Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE), Nigeria, lauded what he called coordinated campaign by stakeholders on the matter.
“I would say that the coordinated campaigns by civil society, the media, youth advocates, the international community especially the British High Commission, and of course by the National Assembly especially Rep. Sam Onuigbo, played a critical role in this.
“This is a win for Nigeria and an important step” he said.
Dr Mina Ogbanga of the Centre for Development Support Initiatives (CEDSI Nigeria), described the development as `a strong step in the right direction’.
Ogbanga acknowledged the step as one that would cascade our climate change ambitions unto actualisation.
She said that “the strategic advocacy of civil societies contributed in no small way to the government taking this step.
“As an organisation, we have continuously called for the implementation of the Climate Change Act as part of Nigeria’s contribution to safeguarding its citizens against the harsh realities of climate change impact.
“It is our hope that the composition of the National Council will meet all best practice standards to accomplish this very strategic step,” she said.
Abdulhamid Hamid, the Chief Executive Officer, Global Environmental and Climate Conservation Initiative (GECCI), said that the call for the government to implement the Climate Change Act “was very effective”.
He said: “We now know that the government is taking it seriously.
Therefore, with this good development on the appointed DG of the Council, we are still expecting for its urgent implementation.
“The Climate Change Act also includes provisions for members of the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, women, youth, and people with disabilities.
“It empowers the Council with significant powers to coordinate national climate actions, administer the newly established Climate Change Fund, mobilise resources to support climate actions, and collaborate with the Nigerian Sovereign Green Bond in meeting Nigeria’s NDC.
“The Climate Change Fund is envisioned as a financing mechanism for prioritised climate actions and interventions.
“The promotion and adoption of nature-based solutions to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate climate change is encouraged.
“The terms of the agency’s being given funds to start implementing work, and all those involved in the act should be called to be included in the implementation work that will begin as the law provides.
” Similarly, David Terungwa, Founder and Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), said that the delay in the implementation of the Act was uncalled for.
He said: “While we commend the appointment of the Director General, it is important to state that the long delay in the implementation of the Climate Change Act was not necessary.
“Considering its importance it took a push and campaigns by civil society organisations and other stakeholders before the appointment of the Director General.
“Now that we officially have less than seven years to act to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5°C), as agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement, urgent action is required more than ever before to deal with the increasing risks of climate change across the globe.
President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Climate Change Bill into law in November 2021. The Act reaffirms the federal government’s aim to cut current emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 and achieve net zero emissions as early as possible in the second half of the century (net zero target for 2050 to 2070).
Life in My City Art Festival (LIMCAF), an annual celebration of creativity, on Wednesday declared open its Lagos region exhibition themed “Paradox of Muted Echoes”.The exhibition, which had about 34 artworks on display, was declared open by Dr Kunle Filani at Thought Pyramid, Norman Williams, Ikoyi, Lagos.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the festival’s 15th edition, majorly sponsored by MTN Foundation, features competition and exhibition of works by young talents in the Nigerian art landscape.LIMCAF which boasts of the largest gathering of young artists, patrons, scholars, gallery owners and other stakeholders in the visual arts in Nigeria, would hold its grand finale on Oct. 29 in Enugu.While declaring the exhibition open, Dr Filani, an artist, commended the Executive Director, Mr Kevin Ejiofor for his dedication and support of art.Filani said it was rare to see someone so committed to the promotion of visual arts and that Mr Ejiofor was a symbol of hope for artists.He added that promotion of young artists was critical, which was one of the things the festival and the exhibition would help to achieve.“Promotion of young artists is critical to our environment and this exhibition would give them more opportunities to compete and transient to international level which is very significant.“Art and creativity gives you the space to participate in a lot of things.I am happy with what I see today and I commend the artists for their interpretation which is key in the skill of an artist,” he said.The Director, MTN Foundation, Mr Dennis Okoro, also said that MTN Foundation was always committed to promoting young talents, one of which was the festival.Mr Okoro said MTN Foundation granted young Nigerians scholarships to study abroad and they came back to Nigeria to practise in the art sector after their studies.He further urged the artists whose artworks were displayed, to be courageous and never feel intimidated by other professions.“Whenever you come to the realm of art, know that you are the best creative talent nature can have.Never you feel inferior to any profession.“You are creative and you not winning this competition doesn’t reduce your creativity.”The Executive Director, (LIMCAF) Mr Kevin Ejiofor, said the festival would help make young artists proud to be called artists and also help them make a living from their creativity.He, however, acknowledged the low turn-out by artists which he described as a result of students not being in school due to the ASUU strike, and also sponsors just recovering from the effects of COVID-19.“Having 270 entries instead of about 400 entries is a low turn-out.It is a great concern for us but we are lucky MTN came to our rescue.“Art is a way of life and everybody appreciates it, if not, how do you choose the colour of your clothes or the style of your hair.“It’s just that not everyone knows how to manifest it.Art is not just the hanging on the wall, that hanging on the wall is an interpretation of the life the artist lives by bringing it closer to make a meaning out of it” he said.The Executive Director further urged the media to also support art by giving it enough space for adequate interpretation to the public.The Art Director (LIMCAF), Mr Ayo Adewunmi, also said the low turn-out was due to the strike as the entry for the festival was driven through the schools which are all closed.Adewunmi said the local juries will select 14 of the 34 artworks to join the 100 that would be competing at the Grand Finale in Abuja.“This is the 15th edition and there are lots of activities aside the exhibition which are the grand finale exhibition, festival lecture, and workshop for 400 selected students,” he said.One of the artists, Samuel Abidemi whose artwork is titled “Idi Ileke”, said it was an interpretation of festival theme which depicts the pain a woman goes through but with mouth to express it.Joseph Osundipe said his artwork titled “Silence is Golden”, depicts a woman who chose silence over words that could later lead to regrets of spoken words.Mariam Aliyu with the artwork titled “The Caged Bird”, said her painting was that of a girl who had a lot written over her face which she could not express but carried hope in her heart.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Oando Clean Energy rolls out 3,000 electric buses by 2030 Oando Clean Energy rolls out 3,000 electric buses by 2030 Energy By Fabian Ekeruche Lagos, Aug. 4, 2030 Oando Clean Energy says it will be partnering with the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation to roll out 3000 electric buses by 2030. The Executive Vice President Oando Clean Energy, Mr Ademola Odunbanjo, disclosed this at the ongoing ninth edition of the Lagos Climate Change Summit on Wednesday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( reports that the two-day event is titled: “Integrating Climate Actions in Lagos State Development: Investment Opportunities and Trade-offs.
” Odunbanjo spoke on the topic: De-carbonising via Innovative Clean Energy.
He said that Oando would be experimenting on different energy mix to come out with an affordable green energy for consumers, mobility and industry.
According to him, buses that are powered with hydrogen will not be profitable.
“Not as the fares that we pay today.
They’re not cost effective.
“And we also can’t pass it on to the consumer.
“So we will roll out about five hydrogen powered buses when the plants are ready.
It will run at a loss we know, but we’ll do it still anyway, because we must prove the concept and attract investment, particularly development funds.
Odubanjo said that statistics showed that before 2020, industries contributed 40 per cent to Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, while transportation contributed about 17 per cent.
He said that industry activities and mobility were activities of humans which released carbon into the atmosphere, thereby causing climate change.
“All of these things speak to the activities of humanity.
“Industry speaks to the consumption of humanity .
”Because the climate change conversation is about human consumption.
What do we consume, how do we consume and that’s the primary conversation.
He said that Nigeria was the fourth largest contributor of GHG emissions in Africa.
He said that although Nigeria was fourth largest contributor, Lagos was the largest contributing city.
“This means that Lagos probably accounts for 50 or 40 per cent of GHG emissions for Nigeria.
“Unfortunately, data has shown us that Nigeria has gained the most, over 98 per cent between 1990 and 2020. ”So our trajectory for emissions is going up, it is not slowing down.
” Odunbanjo said that while industries led the global average of GHG emissions in developed economies of the world, transportation took the lead in Nigeria.
“It means that we go to a lot of places where we don’t produce a lot of things.
Industry leads the global average.
“Transportation leads Nigeria’s average, that’s not good news.
If it was industry leading, we would at least say that we are a producing economy; all we just have to do is look at how we power industries.
“It also means that as a country, mass transit system is so powerful.
” Odunbanjo said that for us to decarbonise mobility, there was the need to expand mass transit system where everybody did not feel the need to put their vehicles on the road.
“We can all get on buses, trains and trams.
And we’re comfortable in there.
“When we visit England, I’m sure we don’t drive in England.
“Not because it’s right hand drive only but because the public transport system works for you,” Odunbanjo said.