Governor Fashola Urges Lagosians to Walk when Possible, Rather than Drive always

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has urged Lagosians to walk rather than drive to the shop, club, church or mosque or wherever else it they are going which is not far; he pointed out that there are numerous benefits attached to doing so.

Ably represented by his Special Adviser on the Environment, Dr. Taofeek Folami, the governor was speaking on Saturday at the 2012 Walk for Nature organized by the Ministry of the Environment in collaboration with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) with the theme: Sustainable Energy for Us All, which was held at State House, Marina, Lagos.

Benefits of walking outlined include: saving on fuel costs, reducing the polluting emissions into the atmosphere and improvement in general health, lowering blood pressure and improving the heart condition and mental health.

According to the governor, the energy consumption pattern at present was not sustainable and since the transport sector was a major contributor to the depletion of the ozone layer and thus climate change and its devastating consequences across the world, walking on short journeys becomes a delightful alternative: “Walking as a natural exercise endears us to nature, it gets us close to God and helps our body’, Fashola said.