More green buildings can combat climate change– Expert

November 12, 2019

By Paul Emenike

Mrs Olubunmi Ade-Ojo, a lecturer at the Department of Quantity Surveying, Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), has called on government authorities to be proactive with advocacy for green building, as part of measures to control climate change.

Ade-Ojo made this call in an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the commemoration of the 2019 70th anniversary of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners in Akure on Tuesday.

She observed that people often believed that the maintenance of a green building was expensive and risky due to infestation of reptiles.

The lecturer explained that the land on which people built their houses and used for other activities was gradually reducing on a daily basis.

She, therefore, called on government to formulate policies that would prevent wastage in the society.

Ade-Ojo, however, admonished policy makers across the country to know the importance of the roles of town planners in Nigeria.

He equally implored government, particularly Ondo State, as matter of urgency,  to embark on a massive campaign to sensitise the people on the need to always consult the Ministry of Physical Planing before erecting any structure.

Also, the Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Town Planner, Ondo State chapter, Mr Omole Kayode, stressed the need for people to recognise the importance of tree planting in their environment, which, he said, could prevent untimely death in the society.

He observed that the environment was now being compressed due to increase in population and buildings among other things.

Omole stressed that the occasion was to educate the public on the danger of climate change and how to proffer lasting solution to it.

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