SANWO – OLU ADVOCATES INCREASED AND SUSTAINED CLIMATE FINANCE TO MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday advocated a continuous increased and sustained climate financing to mitigate Climate Change challenges.

The Governor who spoke through his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat during the closing ceremony of the 10th Lagos International Climate Change Summit held at Victoria Island, stating that Governments, financial institutions and international organizations must work collaboratively to bridge the financing gap.

L-R; Permanent Secretary, Office of Enviromental Services, Gaji Omobolaji; Former Dean of Postgraduate Studies(UNILAG), Prof. Alabi Soneye; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; Lagos State Chief Resilience Officer, Dr. Folayinka Dania; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab; Deputy Governor, Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Amzat; Project Director, ARCTIC INFRASTRUCTURE, Mr. Look man Oshodi and Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr Mahamood Adegbite, during the closing of 10th edition of the annual Lagos International Climate Change Summit, held on 13th of June, 2024,at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

He added that it is high time the government ensured that resources are directed towards projects that yield tangible benefits for communities and ecosystems.

“We are committed to fostering a supportive environment for climate finance and local adaptation initiatives, ensuring that all efforts are aligned with the insights and expertise shared”.

He applauded the resolve of participants to work hand in hand with all stakeholders to transform the discussions into concrete actions that will benefit communities and environment.

He added that participants have also learnt that accelerating climate finance is not merely about mobilizing funds but ensuring that these resources reach those who need them most saying, It is about creating financial instruments that are accessible, equitable, and effective.

The Governor added that experts have highlighted innovative financing mechanisms, from green bonds to climate insurance, and the importance of leveraging both public and private sector investments.

L-R; Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Mahamood Adegbite; his Counterpart in Office of Enviromental Services, Gaji Omobolaji; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; Special Adviser, Sustainable Development Goals, Dr. Oreoluwa Finnih, Deputy Governor, Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Amzat and Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, during the closing of 10th edition of annual Lagos International Climate Change Summit, held on 13th of June, 2024, at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

He stressed that the discussions have underscored the necessity of a systemic shift in how everyone perceive and deploy financial resources for climate action.

He said the government would continue to prioritize capacity building and knowledge sharing by empowering local communities with the skills, tools, and knowledge they need to develop and implement adaptation strategies.

He said the government is determined to continually strengthen policy frameworks and regulatory environments to support climate action, and remain steadfast in our commitment to inclusivity and equity.

According to him, Climate action must be inclusive, ensuring that the marginalized and vulnerable groups are not left behind such that women, youth, indigenous peoples, and other underrepresented communities must have a voice in the decision-making processes that affect their lives and livelihoods.

Signed
Kunle Adeshina
Director Public Affairs
MOE&WR
Thursday 13th June, 2024