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Young Nigerians urge reduction in Nigeria’s gas emissions

Young Nigerians are calling on the government to explore quicker and cost effective ways to reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions and improve the public electricity supply by adopting renewable energy sources like  wind and solar.

They say this is for the obvious reasons including the fact that these sources are harmless to the environment and though expensive can guarantee regular uninterrupted power supply to a larger segment of the growing populations how are now forced to rely on the equally hazardous gasoline generators.

Mostly senior secondary school students they also say that the country's endorsement of the Paris agreement with a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by between 20 – 40 Per cent by the year 2030 like many countries in the world is only. good on paper if their suggestion is not heeded.

Young Nigerians are calling on the government to explore quicker and cost effective ways to reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions and improve the public electricity supply by adopting renewable energy sources like  wind and solar.

They say this is for the obvious reasons including the fact that these sources are harmless to the environment and though expensive can guarantee regular uninterrupted power supply to a larger segment of the growing populations how are now forced to rely on the equally hazardous gasoline generators.

Mostly senior secondary school students they also say that the country's endorsement of the Paris agreement with a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by between 20 – 40 Per cent by the year 2030 like many countries in the world is only. good on paper if their suggestion is not heeded.

"What we saying is that because the country is still generating electricity using coal and fossil fuels like natural gas which are harmful to the air and over the years proved grossly inadequate to meet the energy needs of the nation, renewable energy is the way forward".

Commending the Nigerian government for its commitment to the Paris agreement in the face of daunting challenges, the students were of the view that the vast acres in of land across the country from the north to the south and east to west could be harnessed to meet the country's solar expectations.

The students position was part of a communique they issued as the highpoint of the November edition of the Monthly climate education program for Nigerian Schools organized by the climate awareness group, Media Network for Climate Education and hosted by Winrose Secondary School Obe near Benin City on Friday 17 November 2017.

The event featured the screening of two films about climate change, a climate talk on carbon footprint by the Founder of the MNCE, Don Ofure Osehobo, a question and answer session where the participants displayed apprehension about the dangers posed to the Earth by greenhouse gases and a quiz of 15 multiple choice questions.

The communique, was read by Edith Ofure Eaifoh who is the President of the Climate awareness club of the Winrose Secondary School  in the company of the three other members of the communique drafting committee, at the event which featured the  inauguration of the club.

Present also with her were 42 fellow students and the three other executive members of the club  namely Omorogieva Stella, secretary, Osemade Ebele, treasurer and Oamen Jeremiah, the public relations officer.

Eaifoh was one of three participants who scored 100% in the quiz and was elected President by others. Over 40 participants scored 75% and above while the only participant who scored 45% got a gift of a notebook.

Eaifoh and her new Executive officers who will be in office for one academic session also took time to sign the Paris agreement support pledge which is a commitment as an individual to share the knowledge gained at the climate awarenessprogram with fellow students who were not present at the event as well as family and friends.

Principal of the school Mr Aigbons WINOSE a geography graduate who applauded the decision of the Media Network for Climate Education to erect a climate awareness club in his school said that it will afford the students a greater opportunity to network to share information about climate change especially as many of them are Geography students.

Messrs. Godwin Olorunyomi a member of the Board of trustees of the Media Network for Climate Education facilitated the Q and A as well as the quiz session of the event while Mr Joe Ezeobi who is the Secretary led the delegation to appreciate the Principal of the school's magnanimity.

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