“Environmental Development and Social Justice Initiatives (EDSI) commemorates World Environment Day 2019 with the theme “Air Pollution”. Activities to mark the day included a road walk, seminar and a tree planting exercise. Participants of the seminar first embarked on a road walk along Sapele road in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria sensitizing the public of the day, strongly condemning bush burning and burning of wastes, which contribute to air pollution.
Participants thereafter settled for a lecture on Air Pollution, delivered by Dr Julius Azuka of CSDP. Highlights of the day were the inauguration of the EDSI School Environmental Clubs at Imaguero school in Benin City and the planting of trees seedlings within the Imaguero school premises where the event was held.
The Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Education, Hon Emmanuel Agbale who was the Special Guest of Honor ably represented by Monsieur John Obobairibhojie, Director, Higher Education in the Ministry, commended the efforts of EDSI and assured of his support for Environmental Education and in particular the setting up of environmental clubs in government schools in the state.
Tree and fruit seedlings donated by the Federal Ministry of Environment, were planted by dignitaries beginning with Monsieur John Obobairibhojie, representative of the Honorable Commissioner of Education, the Comptroller, Mr. Peter Bagudu, Comptroller, Federal Ministry of Environment, Benin City. Ms Gladys Fayomi, Founder, Chief Executive, EDSI and Mr. Lawrence Osazee, representative of the Conservator of Parks, Okomu National Park, were also part of the tree planting exercise.
Ms Gladys Fayomi called on all stakeholders to action, advocating for clean Air and clean Energy. She called on Government to put in place policies to promote tree planting in the state and support the use of biofuel. She urge all to desist from polluting the air by bush burning and refuse burning.
As an NGO, the Chief Executive assured that EDSI will continue to implement programmes to enhance our environment and empower our people. She however called for support from local and international organisation to sustain the programmes.
EDSI particularly targeted the Adult Learners of the state to benefit from the seminar because of their potential to become change agents within their locality. At the end of the event, participants expressed appreciation to EDSI for the enlightenment and the platform provided to acquire the knowledge.