NCF Raises Awareness on Plastic Waste Pollution Reduction

Friday, 01 June 2018 09:38




The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is raising awareness on plastic waste pollution reduction thereby encouraging a revolutionized lifestyle in Nigeria. This is being done in commemoration of the World Environment Day (WED) 2018.

WED is an environmental awareness programme aimed at promoting environmental education, ingenuity, teamwork and general environmental friendliness among children and youths. The theme for this year is Beat Plastic Pollution. WED is used to produce environmental literate students and youths who are willing and capable of taking positive environmental actions. The event has over many years produced students and youths who are knowledgeable about their environment, having right attitude to the situation, commitment and skill to work individually and collectively towards solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.

Plastic pollution involves the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans; hence the theme urges all stakeholders – producers and consumers as well as policy makers to jointly explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastics polluting our oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health.

According to the World Bank, the generation of solid waste is tied to population, income and urbanization. Although official data indicates that Lagos currently generates 13,000 tonnes/day – a figure which many stakeholders consider to be grossly understated - projections for the coming decades suggests a percent increase. United Nation Environment Programme reports that 80% of litters are plastics, that they may constitute more of foreign materials in the sea than marine mammals by year 2050, leading overtime to the obliteration of sea life, this will alter the ecosystem and human race negatively.


Most of the plastic waste generated comes from deliberate dumping of garbage into waterways and mismanaged waste disposal. More than 50% of plastic waste generated comes from inadequate management due to lack or infrastructure associated with an ever-increasing population.
This disposal of plastic waste needs to be handled with urgency because everyone has a critical role to play in mitigating the issue at the household, national, regional and global levels.
Meanwhile, NCF has commenced an  advocacy to promote proper waste disposal in Eti-Osa LGA consequently, the organization has engaged 17 communities and schools within these communities on proper waste disposal as an organization concerned about the wellbeing of people and the environment which they depend on.

In commemoration of the 2018 WED, NCF plans celebrating the event in form of an inter-school competition. There would be arts/crafts exhibition where students’ groups will showcase art works/crafts made with plastics, thereby showcasing their talents and creative instincts. Corporate organisations and Individuals are being solicited to for sponsorship of this event.

Date:     Thursday 7th June, 2018
Venue:   NCF Headquarters, Lekki Conservation Centre, Km 19 Lekki-Epe Expressway, Opposite Chevron, Lekki.
Time:     9:00 am prompt.




NCF Appoints Aminu-Kano as new DG

Friday, 01 June 2018 08:16




The Foundation has appointed Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano as the Director-General/CEO replacing Adeniyi Karunwi. He resumed office on April 4, 2018.


Dr Aminu-Kano is an astute and experienced natural resource management expert with more than thirty-years cumulative experience in management, advocacy and research in the fields of protected area management, wider biodiversity conservation, climate change, agriculture, humanitarian work and poverty reduction in Nigeria, Africa and globally. He, at different times in his professional career worked as an Assistant Director, Lake Chad Research Institute, Maiduguri (Jan 1990 – Sept 1998), Project Director, Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands Project, Nigeria (Jan 1993 – Mar 1995) and Executive Director/CEO, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria (Oct 1998 – Feb 2003).


He was also the Senior Adviser on Policy & Advocacy at the Birdlife International Secretariat, Cambridge for Eight Years and one of his deliverables was to ensure that Policy & Advocacy work on Multilateral Environmental Agreements are integrated with and contributes substantially to the work of other components of the Environment and Sustainable Development Division, as well as relevant thematic and regional programmes.


Dr Aminu-Kano is a trained leader and administrator and has varying experiences in NGO management and Government - NGO partnerships and policy formulation and implementation through national, regional and international work. Before joining the Foundation in April 2018, Dr Aminu-Kano served as the Senior Policy Adviser, Poverty Reduction & Climate Change, Islamic Relief Secretariat, Birmingham, UK (July 2011 – Dec 2013) and most recently as the Head of Research & Development at the Humanitarian Academy for Development in Birmingham, UK (Jan 2014 – March 2018).


Dr. Aminu-Kano bagged a BSc in Zoology (1st Class Honours) from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria in 1981. Also obtained a Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) in Entomology, in 1987. He thereafter capped it with a Doctorate Degree in Applied Ecology from Imperial College, University of London in 1987.


The Council is confident that Dr Aminu-Kano’s appointment will be a beneficial one which will position the organization for greater achievements locally and internationally and also strengthen our partnerships. His wealth of experience in nature and biodiversity conservation will contribute immensely to the positive change in the burning environmental issues.