Chief Ede Dafinone, the Chairman, National Executive Council of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) stated that climate change is causing an increase in sea level which is causing coastal communities in Nigeria to be submerged.
He declared this at the 6th Lagos Public Relations Stakeholders’ Conference organised by Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) Lagos Chapter with the theme “Conversations to Promote Environmental Sustainability in Nigeria.” The event held at Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos on Thursday, 29th August 2019.
In his speech, Dafinone who chaired the conference spoke about the forest fire catastrophe in the Amazon and the implication on climate change which could lead to a rise in the sea level thereby causing coastal communities to become flooded. He cited other examples of Bar Beach and Alfa Beach in Lagos, warning that: “the developments currently at the Bar Beach may be submerged if actions are not taken to mitigate the effect of coastal erosion”.
He equally informed that organisations are moving from being just corporate socially responsible to being corporate socially environment responsible.”
Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, who was represented by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso tasked manufacturers to cooperate with the State Government on the use of recyclable and biodegradable materials in product packaging. He said: “we will continue to engage the cooperation of manufacturers in the production or usage of recyclable or biodegradable materials.”
He called on all stakeholders to support strategies and programmes aimed at ensuring environmental sustainability for the Lagos ‘Smart City’ initiative.
Mr. Segun McMedal, Chairman of NIPR Lagos State Chapter in his opening remark, raised concerns about our environment becoming unsuitable for businesses due to human activities. He said: “at a time that the world is plagued with threats of environmental degradation, climate change and its attendant consequences, there is the need for concerted efforts to check human activities that are threatening our existence.”
Present at the event were Engr. Aliyu Aziz, Director General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC); Dr. (Mrs.) Jumoke Kassim, CEO, Naturescape Consulting; Dr. Austin Tam-George, former Commissioner for Information, Rivers State; Dr. Ubon Essien Nsiabia, Asst. Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA); Mr. Yomi Badejo Okusanya, President, Association of Public Relations in Africa (APRA); Mrs. Nkechi Alli-Balogun, NIPR Council Member, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State Governor among others.