Women and girls are major stakeholders in tackling climate change – Olori Ogunwusi

As part of measures to ensure the sustainability of human society, the wife of Ooni of Ife, Olori Aderonke Ogunwusi has said knowledge of climate change and sustainable development must be inculcated in young ones so as to help rid the environment of harmful substances and reduce flooding and other environment-related disasters.

Olori Ogunwusi stated this in Osogbo while addressing journalists at the commencement of the 7th edition of Queen Moremi Ajasoro (QMA) Initiative promoted by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi.

She explained that women, particularly young girls, were critical stakeholders to achieve a sustainable environment, hence the need for their regular education on the issues of climate change and other harmful conduct to the environment.

“A lot of people don’t know that the plastic baskets and bottles used, when not reused, it takes about a thousand or million years for it to go back into the earth. But the ones made with natural fibre and other natural things are easily absorbed by the earth. God created this planet, we have to make sure we support His creation.”

“We see so many things like flooding, global climate change, if we don’t take care of the planet, the planet will not take care of us as well and it will not be sustainable for generations to come.”

According to the wife of the monarch, the Queen Moremi Ajasoro Initiative named after the legendary Queen Moremi aims to celebrate women in leadership, support the rights of the girl-child and encourage female education in Nigeria and Africa.

She stated that this year’s edition includes an entrepreneurship programme; the “Say no to trafficking of young women’” programme; a Mentorship programme; a Grant for small-scale businesses programme; also, and a leadership and cultural pageant.

“The QMA leadership and cultural pageant is totally different, while we gather beautiful ladies, we look at their intelligence. They have to possess leadership skills. Every year, we have hundreds of women who register to participate in this cultural pageant; we do auditions and select the best.” 

“This year, we selected the best 27. They came into camp on the 27th of November, 2022 and will remain in camp until the 4th of December, 2022. Our grand finale is on the 3rd of December, 2022. While in camp, they will be taught and mentored on several aspects, especially leadership, culture and sustainability,” her majesty said.

In a remark, a United Nations, UN, Ambassador, Ambassador Yemi Olapeju who is tutoring the ladies on sustainability, lauded Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Olori Aderonke for the initiative saying the UN will look into supporting the rich programme.

“Lately, the world has been having problems with climate change and this awareness is not well spread in Nigeria I think that as a Nigerian, I should be able to come home and spread this awareness on climate change and this awareness begins from the grassroots, not the government.” 

“I am highly impressed with what the Ooni of Ife Oba Ogunwusi and Queen Aderonke Ogunwusi are doing. Her Majesty equally promotes Adire fashion made with indigenous materials. I witnessed this yesterday and we are looking at how the United Nations will support this beautiful initiative,” Ambassador Olapeju said.

Adenitan Akinola

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