The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), has described the ravaging climate change as the biggest war of our time, stressing that “no war in human history has claimed as many lives as climate change has claimed”. Fashola stated this at the ongoing 5th Climate Change Summit in Lagos with the theme: Vulnerability and Adaptability to Climate Change in Nigeria: Lagos State Transportation, Housing and Infrastructural Sectors in Focus”. Fashola added, “it is a war we need to fight together and I am sure that if we fight together, the human civilization will win, climate change is not new, what is new is our knowledge about it and what we do about it”.
Now that the rains are here, the Lagos State Government has dedicated subsequent editions of the statewide environmental sanitation exercises, more to the cleaning of drains and canals across the state, and other environmental nuisances. According to the Commissioner for the Environment, Lagosians are implored to come out in large numbers on Saturday May 25th, 2013, to clean drains in their frontage and canals nearest to their homes in order to combat flooding in the State. This became necessary in view of meteorologist forecast that the state is to experience rains of high intensity and severe thunderstorm across the state.