Eight pupils from some government secondary schools in Lagos who are members of the Climate Change clubs in their schools will be departing for Germany for a two-week training on Sunday, November 17. They include:Ukokalu Onyinyechi (Awodiora Senior Secondary School); Oluwade Abosede (Obele Community Senior High School); Adegbulugbe Ayomide (Badagry Senior Grammar School); Gbadegesin Joshua (Gbaja Boys Junior High School); and Ogunbiyi David Kayode (Federal Government College, Ijanikin). They won in the climate change quiz contest organised by the state government. Similarly, three others were rewarded by the state government for their impact on their environment. They are: Kehinde Omotayo from Community Junior Grammar School, Gberigbe, Ikorodu, who planted flowers in his school premises, sensitised people on climate change, and provided waste bins; Osiyemi Quadri of the Ajayi Crowther Senior Grammar School Bariga won an award for clearing blocked drainage on Deji Aladejobi road, Bariga; while Odutan Mubarak of the ArchDeacon Adelaja Senior High School, created a school garden for relaxation.
In an interview when the group visited the corporate headquarters of The Nation in Mushin, Lagos, on familiarisation tour, David who is the president of the climate change club in his school, said he looked forward to visiting Germany because he wants to learn more about how citizens of other countries value their environment so that he can replicate same in Nigeria. Mubarak said he was going to Germany to acquire knowledge. “Climate change is a global issue. We should plant trees instead of felling them because a tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide that we emit every day, and release oxygen which we need into the air. That is why it is not good to cut down trees. Some tras inhale carbon dioxide from the ozone layers, so if we cut them down, it will be dangerous to our health,” he said. The project officer, School exchange programme, Ministry of the Environment (Climate Change Division), Mr Tiamiyu Oluwatoyin, said the pupils would join their counterparts in Germany to go on what he tagged ‘Eco tour’. “They will visit the Water Warf, attend classes with pupils about the same age as them, and learn conservation. They are expected to come back, compare what they saw with Nigeria and the impact on her environment. The Project Consultant, Mr Adeola Ijandipe, explained that the Climate Change club is aimed at raising environmentally-conscious youths as change agents against climate change and global warming.