Nigeria has not come into full awareness about climate change, Ogun State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure Olamilekan Adegbite has said.
Adegbite, an architect said, it is the reason the campaign against climate change is not recording much success.
The commissioner spoke during Guild of Muslim Professionals (GMP) seminar on Climate Change held at the Learning Centre Hall of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
Adegbite hailed GMP for taking the bold step to address the issue, but admitting that Nigerians want events that will address their immediate plights. He said: “It’s a step in the right direction trying to get Muslim professionals together. I think our people need more of mundane topic which of course affects their welfare before we can get people’s interest into things like this (climate change).
“The issue of climate change is a global thing like I said. For somebody who is still struggling and trying to come to terms with daily living, this is too esoteric. You have to do things that people crave; what they want and then you can get a better turnout.
“The problem I talked about is a macrocosm of the Nigerian problem. Nigeria itself has not come into full awareness about climate change. A lot of people are still unaware and that is because we are still hungry. People cannot think of higher things when they are still dealing with basic things.
“Climate change is real and it’s important but I think government needs to do a lot first before can begin to follow events around climate change. They need to create an enabling environment for people’s survival and that’s a whole gamut of things. For those societies that are doing well, it’s not so much what government gives people. It’s about creating the enabling environment for people to thrive and one of it is to reduce corruption. That will free up a lot of resources for people and people can begin to thrive.”