A member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort, and lecturer with Federal University of Technology, Akure, Dr. Olumuyiwa Bayode Adegun has stressed the need to ensure urban sustainability by embracing green infrastructure in the Guardian Nigeria.
He stressed that green infrastructure can improve the lives of slum dwellers in African cities.
According to him, slums and informal settlements in African cities are connected to green spaces and natural ecosystems serving as green infrastructure. He said by utilising this infrastructure, people have the potential to improve the quality of life as well as the environment, harnessing the benefits for people’s livelihoods, food security, and social-cultural appropriation.
“I am now a part of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and British Council’s the Climate Connection Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort, so I believe this will give me the support and resources to further my research and make a difference. So far, I have already been given the opportunity to interact with researchers from all over the Commonwealth, who focus on different research interests which means that they have unique and different perspectives to what I would have, which is very helpful and I continue to learn from them,” he said.