As preparations peaked for the 9th Lagos Climate Change Summit, the State has expressed readiness to expand the scope of private sector partnership for a greener Lagos.

Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Services and Water Resources, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde, Honourable Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Omobolaji Gaji, and Consultant on Climate Change, Prof. Babajide Alo, during the Press conference in preparation for the Lagos 9th International Climate Change Summit, held on the 27th of July, at Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources conference room, Alausa, Ikeja.

Speaking at a pre-event media briefing at Alausa to herald the commencement of the Summit on Tuesday, August 2, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources Tunji Bello said better and faster result is expected from the collaboration.

He explained that the collaboration which has started from the conception and planning stage will get to the delivery of the mandates of the summit.

“This collaboration is in recognition of the impact of the organized private sector on economic growth in Lagos and our resolve to mainstream climate action in the next phase of the developmental agenda of Lagos State” he explained.

He highlighted that the theme for the summit “Integrating Climate Actions in Lagos State Development: Investment Opportunities and Trade-offs’’ demonstrates government’s commitment to Climate Action as a State and how new vistas of opportunities could be opened.

He said last year during the 8th Lagos Climate Change Summit, the government launched the Lagos Climate Action Plan which is aimed at charting a course towards achieving net zero emission in Lagos by the year 2050 which is achievable through the implementation of impact-oriented actions across major sectors of the economy.

He added that what this translates into is that the government have to accelerate the development of a green economy in the state by exploring innovative climate solutions and mobilizing necessary resources required to achieve this target.

He informed that Mr Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu will be the Special Guest of Honour at the 2022 Summit while the lead paper titled: ‘’Financing Transformative Climate Actions for Lagos State’’ will be delivered by Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, of the Center for Climate and Development, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike, Nigeria.

He appealed to all stakeholders, development partners, investors to join in the progress towards achieving a green and sustainable economic growth in Lagos.
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