The governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has stressed the need for residents to ensure a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Prof. Saba Maman Jibril at this year’s World Environment Day with the theme, “Ecosystem Restoration” held at Emir’s Palace Ilorin, the governor urged the residents of the state to stop noise land and water pollutions, land degradation, and biodiversity loss.

He said, “By recreating and restoring our environment, we can go back once again to enjoy natural, healthy, and aesthetically rewarding environment for both the present and future generations to live in.

“This year’s local theme is: Reimagine, restore and recreate the Kwara Environment. This can be achieved by planting economic trees in our houses and avoid cementing our compounds.”

For her part, the Commissioner for Environment, Mrs. Remilekun Oluwatobi Banigbe said that the planet’s ecosystem has been exploited and destroyed for years, resulting in the loss of forest and the destruction of half of our wetlands which explains why this year edition focused on ecosystem restoration.

“This is to challenge us to serve as the principal vehicles for encouraging worldwide consciousness and pro-activeness for the protection of our environment because we are an integral part of nature and ultimately depend on it.

“I, therefore, wish to remind you that only with healthy ecosystems, can we improve people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change and stop the loss of biodiversity,” the Commissioner noted.

The Ministry of Environment began the commemoration of the 2021 World Environment Day with a road walk, starting from the ministry to the Emir’s Palace, involving sensitization on environmental education.

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