Fifty stakeholders including government officials, experts, civil society activists and media representatives met at Protea Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos to discuss the outcomes of the Second Lagos Climate Change Summit on Wednesday October 6, 2010
The workshop opened with opening remarks from representatives of stakeholders represented. The Permanent Secretary of the State’s Ministry of the Environment, Dr. Titi Anibaba, on behalf of the Hon Commissioner for the Environment in Lagos State, Dr. Muiz Banire, welcomed all to the workshop and expressed the hope that the deliberations would be meaningful. Dr. Anibaba’s remarks were followed with goodwill messages from the Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Mr. Ola Oresanya. Others came from Mr. Sina Fagbenro of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, DFID; Mr. Wale Agbojo of the Heinrich Boll Foundation and Ms. Helen Okite of the British High Commission.
The Lagos State Coordinator of SAVI, Mr. Felix Obanubi, formally presented the objectives of the workshop. These include a thorough review of the observations and recommendations expressed in the communiqué of the Second Lagos Summit; establish participation and coordination framework; initiate policy and legislative framework as well as formulate structural approach to the campaigns. As an authoritative reminder, renowned expert and consultant on climate change, Prof. Ademola Salau, took the house through the communiqué of the second Lagos Climate Change Summit held 4th-7th May 2010.
While acknowledging the foresightedness of the Lagos State Government on the unfolding climate change phenomenon, Prof. Salau emphasized on the universality of its influence which makes it a most compelling issue for governments, civil society groups, the private sector and private individuals to address with utmost commitment. He noted with commendation the concern by a particular state government which has agreed to complement the efforts of the Lagos State Government in this regard as a fall out from the Governors forum held d=along with the last summit.
The workshop’s objectives as stated by SAVI were reinforced with the presentation by the Policy Advocacy Project Partnership on Climate Change in Lagos State, PAPP, which reminded the workshop of the need for all to popularize identified CC-induced challenges and work towards mitigating same.
The workshop later broke into three work groups and had a plenary session afterwards to take comments on the groups’ reports. On the whole, the workshop commended the initiative to unbundle the recommendations in the summit communiqué as stated in the objectives and urged that a final document be produced to serve as work-plan for stakeholders on climate change. The workshop identified the following as critical stakeholders with responsibilities for actualizing the outcomes of the summit; Government (including the3 arms and 3 tiers of government, MDAs and Research Institutions), Civil Society groups (including NGOs, Charities, Foundations, INGOs, CBOs, FBOs, CDAs, Traditional institutions and individuals), Private Sector groups, Professional bodies, Development Partners and the Media.