Experts have stressed the need for the Lagos State government to partner with communities in order to build a resilient and sustainable city to mitigate the effects of global warming which is an aspect of climate change.
The experts comprising economists, environmentalists and seasoned administrators who spoke at the first annual sustainable cities dialogue in commemoration of the coronation of Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal (Abisogun II) as the 15th Oniru of Iru-Land noted that building sustainability and resilience of communities is a task that must be undertaken by everyone.
According to them, provision of basic resources and resilience against environmental threats must be prioritized for different groups of urban inhabitants especially women and youths.
This, they said, is a crucial and potent force for addressing sustainable growth, urban development and prosperity in any city, calling on the state government to collaborate with the Kingdom of Iruland and other communities to develop a sustainable city.
Speaking on the theme of the virtual conference entitled: “Building sustainable and resilient communities in the new normal” , the executive director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr. Philipp Rode, said that Lagos’ population could also serve as potential if the state could harness the opportunities offered by the growing population.
He said there was a need for cities to adopt 21st century green city models, which are compact, connected and clean.
Speaking on the means to attaining a sustainable city, the Lagos State commissioner for Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello described the conference’s theme as apt and coming at the time the whole world is experiencing the impact of climate change and slowly recovering from the global pandemic COVID-19.