Environment Minister, Mailafia Preaches Climate Change at Wedding
*Expresses delight on Akingbade’s UN’s Prince Albert II of Monaco Prize for Climate Change Coverage
Nigeria’s Minister for Environment, Mrs. Hadiza Mailafia seized the opportunity of the wedding of the daughter of Head of her Protocol Department of Ministry of Environment, Mr. E. Adeseko to enlighten the media and members of the public about the devastating consequences of the problem of climate change.
The Minister who was the Special Guest of Honour at the wedding of Mr. Ayodeji Oluseyi Adeosun and former Miss. Damilola Adeseko called on the media to do more to enlighten members of the public on the problem of climate change which she said has become more glaring with the devastating floods which ravaged many parts of Nigeria in 2012.
Mrs. Mailafia who spoke briefly with Tunde Akingbade, The Guardian on Sunday reporter who won an award of the United Nations Correspondent’s Association’s Prince Albert II Global Prize for Climate Change Coverage last December in New York said she was delighted that the reporter won the global prize which is an indication of the high level of media coverage of climate change issues in Nigeria.
Akingbade told the Minister that the global climate change award is a pride to Nigeria and that he was just the vehicle that brought it to Nigeria through the support he has received over the years from various experts locally and internationally.
Professor Oladele Osibanjo, Head, Linkage Centre, Basel Convention on Trans Boundary Movement of Hazardous Waste, Linkage Centre, University of Ibadan was Chairman at the wedding ceremony. The parents of the groom were traditionally handed over the bride at the impressive engagement ceremony before the wedding.
There were Directors and Heads of Departments from the Ministry of Environment, Abuja. They included; Dr. Mrs. M. T Odubela, Mrs. B. Jaji , Mrs. Obembe, Mr. and Mrs. Adesanya, Ecological Fund Office, Presidency who have worked with the bride’s father since the days of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Imeh Idionj and Mr. Sylvannus Odu of the Protocol Department. Other dignitaries at the event were; Former Minister for Environment, Mrs. Halimat Tayo Alao, and Prince Lekan Fadina, one of Nigeria’s Climate Change negotiators. The wedding was a touch of class and a bridge between environment, culture and entertainment.