FG, Lagos promote climate change initiatives
The Federal Government and Lagos State Government have promised to promote climate change initiatives.
The Minister of Finance and Budget Planning, Zainab Ahamed and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this at the Global Citizen Live concert held in Lagos on Saturday
The governor stated that to end or reduce the spread of the deadly disease, the government must ensure that vaccines are available to all, especially poorer countries that have had to struggle with supply.
Sanwo-Olu said the state was proud to be part of the Global Citizen’s 2021 Global Campaign focused on a recovery plan for the world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. He reeled out statistics to show the number of vaccinated people in Lagos in particular and Nigeria, in general, adding that Nigeria has administered about 4,171,989 doses of both AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines.
He however lamented that only 1,734,103 (1.7 per cent) of the entire population had received a second dose of the vaccine.
Ahmed also backed Global Citizen for promoting climate change and poverty alleviation. She said, “Through various initiatives we have deployed tools to scale social safety net programmes, to mitigate the risk of children – particularly girls – not returning to school, and to support small businesses and safeguard jobs.
Earlier, Global Citizen Co-Founder and CEO, Hugh Evans, had restated its commitment to ending the challenges facing the world.
“There is a light at the end of this tunnel, but getting vaccines to everyone, everywhere regardless of who they are or where they are from, is key to ensuring the end of this pandemic around the world. We must all unite to get back on track to eradicating extreme poverty,” he said
The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, also reiterated the need for improved access to vaccines in ending the devastating effects of COVID-19.
She said, “It is imperative that more resources are made available, that surpluses from wealthier nations are shared immediately with frontline workers in lower income countries and that the production of vaccines is accelerated. Considerable efforts have been made by the African Union envoy and it will take even greater international coordination and closer collaboration over the coming months to ensure that vaccines are made available to the world’s vulnerable people.”