Wednesday 24th May, 2017
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Nigerian lawmakers need more education - ex-Envoy

Nigerian lawmakers need more education - ex-Envoy

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.”

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