Edo govt organizes climate change quiz for schools, winner heads to Egypt

Edo govt organizes climate change quiz for schools, winner heads to Egypt

Honourable Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Engr. Jonathan Lawani has charged students in Edo State to be Environmental Ambassadors by engaging in healthy environmental practices.

Engr. Lawani gave this charge during the Quiz Competition organised by the ministry in collaboration with Prime Initiative for Green Development and Pop Nigeria Initiative on Climate Change Education at the John Odigie Oyegun Staff Training Centre Benin City.

The Commissioner who applauded the Non-Governmental Organisations for partnering with the ministry said the competition is not all about the prize but it is also an avenue for them to know how the can contribute to issues bordering on climate change.

He explained that the ministry has inaugurated Environmental Clubs in schools in order to instil in them the consciousness of their environment and the need for them to protect it, adding that they have roles to play irrespective of their age.
Engr. Lawani urged the students to take up the challenge by ensuring that their homes and surrounding are kept clean always.

In his speech, Mr Tito Uzomah, Executive Director, Prime Initiative for Green Development said the aim of the competition is raise up smart and intelligent students that will come up with climate smart solution that can mitigate climate change.

Mr Uzomah who noted that climate change challenge is peculiar to different countries around the world, said the winner is expected to come up with initiative that is locally based that will solve issues peculiar to our environment.

He announced that the winner is expected to represent Edo State in the regional competition where he will also represent the state in the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2022, Cop27 coming up in Egypt later this year.

At the end of the quiz competition, Edo College emerged the winner with Niger College taking second while Ughiomo secondary school settled for third position.

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