Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to Australia, Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni, has declared that the country’s lawmakers need more education to enhance the quality of laws passed by them.
He said one area the lawmakers are lagging behind is the promotion of sustainable environmental development through the passage of up-to-date laws.
Olukanni stated this at a lecture organised by the Nigerian Society for Information Arts and Culture at Magazine Road, Jericho, Ibadan in Oyo State.
In the lecture titled: “Think Global Act Local: Cogent Issues of the Environment,” Olukanmi said that Nigerian lawmakers need more education than other citizens because of their central role in national development.
Olukanmi, who is the Vice- President of Fight Against Desert Encroachment, asserted that legislature has not done anything serious on environmental matter except on Ecological Funds’ contracts.
He also urged the youths to challenge their parents and take environmental advocacy to the next level.
To attain the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Okukanni canvassed effective management of solid wastes, strengthening of institutions at all levels, creation of a crop of young professionals in environment and wide circulation of the new National Policy on the Environment, among others.
In his remark, the Chairman of the event, Prof Dele Osibanjo, stressed the need for a national re-orientation.
Osibanjo said: “We are not practising waste management but waste disposal” stressing that “if we can put value to waste, nobody will throw it away. There is a future in the environment. There is much wealth within us which we call waste.”