NIESV Lagos Chairman Lends Support To Call For Carbon-free Environment
The Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) Lagos State Branch, ESV (Mrs) Olabisi Demola-Alade FNIVS has called on Estate Surveyors and Valuers and other professionals in the built sector to support initiatives to mitigate against carbon emission in the environment.
ESV Demola-Alade said this while delivering her good will message at an event to mark the World Habitat Day organized by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development at the Government Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos on 4th October, 2021.
She thank the Ministry for always bringing stakeholders and professionals in the Environment sector together to mark the World Habitat Day and deliberate on how to make the environment better and cleaner for human existence.
The theme for this year’s World Habitat Day is “Accelerating Urban Action for a Carbon-free World.
The Chairman said, “This is clearly a call for action for all of us stakeholders, professionals and experts in the built environment. We must put all hands on deck to protect our environment from the destructive effects of carbon dioxide. The effects of urbanization and climate change are converging in dangerous ways. You may think that our society is not in danger as we are still lowly industrialised.
“Therefore, this is even a better time to start working. Climate change impacts are real. Despite these risks, many cities have not yet addressed climate change. The reasons include a lack of relevant city policies and action plans; existence of regulations on urban planning and environment which have not been adjusted to manage climate change; slow response to climate disasters due to lack of capacity and resources; and lack of public awareness on climate variability and climate change-induced hazard mitigation.
“Thankfully, there is something we can do in our own little ways. We must begin to create awareness. I know that the Lagos Government has been doing this. We have to intensify efforts on awareness so that the average man on the street knows about this looming problem and get involved in its solution or mitigation. Citizens would sensitized to plant trees in their homes, reduce deforestation and always choose to use cleaner energy.”
While thanking the Lagos State government for always marking the World Habitat Day, she said, “For us stakeholders and experts in the environment sector, we have to always come together to deliberate on the environment. I want to sincerely thank our able Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Lagos State Government for their consistency in marking the World Habitat Day and bringing us together consistently every year to deliberate on how to make our environment better. The government has been doing this through the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development every year. Thank you our Permanent Secretary for this noble cause.”
She called on professionals in the built sector play a role in protecting the environment from carbon emissions.
“As professional services providers in the built environment, Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Town Planners, Architects, Builders, Surveyors and Developers must make plans for planting of trees on their properties and always adopt the use of power generating plants with low carbon emission. We must advise our organisational clients aright in their adoption and maintenance of power plants and machineries in their factories and industries. Through this way we can begin to ensure cleaner environment in the cities from private sector efforts.
“The government will have so much to do. It should make the Local Governments active on this cause of creating awareness and instigating action from residents,” she said.