By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
A University don, Professor Toyin Arowolo has condemned the withdrawal of American President, Donald Trump from the Paris Climate Accord and Paris Climate Agreement, describing it as a “wrongful act.”
Arowolo, a Professor of Environmental Management and Toxicology at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) stated that what was unfolding is International politics and implementation of Trump’s campaign promises, saying the world would suffer from the withdrawal if it remains.
In his view, majority of the climate change researchers are from US hence he expressed the optimism that the America “Is still coming back to honour the agreement”.
The University Don spoke during a Media Chat, organised by Ogun State Ministry of Environment to commemorate the 2017 World Environment Day celebrated on Monday.
The theme of the Day was, “Connecting People to Nature”.
Arolowo said, “Trump’s withdrawal is International politics and a move to honour his electioneering campaign promises. The anticipated climate change is real. What he (Trump) has done is wrong, Europe, Asia and the World know that what Trump has done is wrong”.
“I know USA is still coming back because all the researchers are from the country. We are going to suffer it if He didn’t return to honour the agreement,” he added.
He, however called on African leaders to do more to protect its environment from “impending destruction”.
The University don noted that all the developing countries are spending a lot of resources to find another planet that is habitable, lamenting that no efforts are being made by Africa, especially Nigeria to find another planet that is habitable.
According to Arowolo, the world is getting hotter every year with 2016 declared the hottest year of all time due to too much emission in forms of carbon dioxide and monoxide coming from machineries all over the world.
He explained that, it is this reality of continuous pollution of the environment that is pushing scientific agencies like the National Aeronautical and Space Agency, NASA, of the United States of America to be exploring how to run to other planets in case of earth destruction.
He urged the Federal government to address the problem of electricity, saying this would reduce emission from plants and generators being released to the environment on a daily basis.
He lamented the high level of deforestation in the country and urged the government to take the necessary measures to address the issue.
Arowolo urged Nigerians to pay more attention to waste management, its environment as well support government in her quest to provide a cleaner and safer society for all and generations unborn to live in.
Meanwhile, the State government has begun process to seal off erring industries and sanction investors who fail to obey the State’s environmental laws.
The government had warned companies with manufacturing plants that degrade the environment with toxic wastes, injurious fumes and emission emanating from their plants to control it.
The State Commissioner of Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeneye said it was time the government went tougher on erring manufacturers that operate and produce goods and services at the detriment of people’s healthy living, adding that manufacturing production shouldn’t be allowed to degrade environment and inflict health challenges on residents.
The Commissioner disclosed that the Environmental and Health Inspectorate Officers would soon be deployed to embark on house-to-house environmental checks in order to restore cleanliness and sanity in the environmental management of the state.
Oyeleye urged investors and residents to work and live in accordance with the theme, saying the Media, Environmental Experts, Organizations, Students and the people at large, must work to discourage hazards that could work against the attainment of beautiful nature and green environment.
He however noted that vigorous campaign would soon begin on clean, green environment as well as beautiful nature, adding that government would form alliance with some critical.