Climate Change: Lagos Establishes Clubs In 506 Schools

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The Lagos State Government has established climate change clubs in 506 primary and secondary schools, an official said in Kaduna on Thursday.

Mr Bayo Akinwolere, the School Health Desk Officer, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) disclosed this in an interview with newsmen.

Akinwolere said the clubs were established to raise awareness about the adverse effects of climate change.

He said the project was carried out in collaboration with the State Ministry of Environment, adding that it is in line with the Greener Lagos Project of the state government.

Akinwolere, who also is the President, National Association of SUBEB School Health Officers Forum, told newsmen that the clubs were established in 2007.

“The purpose of establishing the clubs in 506 schools in all the 20 local  government areas in the state, is to bring about attitudinal change in the students regarding ozone depletion substances.

“The initiative provides training for students as well as the teachers and the students are particularly happy to sensitise their peers, parents and community members on the threat of climate change.

“They also sensitise their parents on the dangers of inhaling fumes coming out of their aged cars, emission from cooking stoves , fumes from generators in order to change their attitude towards those acts,’’ he said.

On sanitation, the desk officer said the state Ministry of Environment, under the Lagos State School Sanitation/Recycling Programme, had provided two waste bins to each school in the state.

He said that the government had provided 6,615 toilets comprising 1,458 pit latrines and 5,157 water system variety in primary schools.

According to him, 639 boreholes and wells have been provided to ensure that pupils drink water from safe sources.

Akinwolere put the total number of primary schools in Lagos State at 985, while the number of teachers and pupils stand at 5,203 and 479,256 respectively.