The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) held its annual fundraising dinner dubbed “Green Ball” with the theme “Restoring Mother Nature: New Deal for Nature and People” at the Grand Ball Room, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

 

Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General of NCF in his introductory remark, stated: “The alarming conclusions on the seriousness of climate change and environmental degradation in Nigeria makes it necessary for NCF to redouble its efforts. Recent scientific reports from the United Nations and other international agencies show us that climate change and the decline in nature have reached the point where they threaten human existence. This is more so in Nigeria where awareness of environmental issues is quite low and where these issues rank low in priority in our private and national lives. Hence, the essence of our gathering to deliberate and raise fund to raise the bar in the conservation promotion.”  

 

The President, Board of Trustees, NCF, Izoma Philip Asiodu shared his observation about the state of the environment in Nigeria: “The nation is losing its forest at a fast rate. The savannah is disappearing, mangroves are being cleared, and pollution is everywhere. The report has it that Lagos and other coastal communities may be submerged under water in 2050 if the Federal Government does not take drastic steps.”

 

Present at the dinner were Minister (State) of Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor; Member, National Assembly, Honourable Samuel Onuigbo; DMD of Total E&P Ltd, Engr. Musa Ahmadu-Kida; National Executive Council members of NCF, representative of WWF, Mr. Seif Hamisi among others.

 

Guests were entertained by renowned songstress, Onyeka Onwenu who thrilled the audience with beautiful rendition of some of her evergreen hit tracks such as Iyogogo, Ekwe, and Dancing in the Sun. 

 

The Green Ball was powered by Chevron Nigeria Limited; Total E&P Nig. Ltd; Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG); Sokoto State Government; Federal Ministry of Environment; Keystone Bank Ltd; Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc; Nigerian Breweries Plc; Coca-cola Nigeria; Environmental Accord; Empak Nig Ltd, Shoprite Holding Ltd; OVH Energy Marketing  Plc; Seplat Petroleum Development Company Ltd; Arkleen Petroleum Ltd; Northwest Petroleum & Gas Ltd and other sponsors.

 

The top-notch event held on Saturday, 23rd November 2019 had earlier in the day, the 2-day business forum which brought together stakeholders across Nigeria and internationally rounded up. The Nigerian Business for Nature was a platform where officials and business leaders shared experiences and organisation’s best practices on the environment. Participants included government officials led by Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, Heads of government’s MDA’s, representatives of corporate organisations, officials of WWF, RSPB and Birdlife International.

 

 

 

 

NCF holds its annual Chief S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture on Thursday, 16th January, 2020 at Bankers House, Victoria Island, Lagos.

 

Now in its 18th edition, a lecture on this year’s theme “The role of Traditional Leaders in Protecting and Restoring the Nigerian Environment” will be delivered by His Eminence, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto.

 

Chief S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture is an annual event organised by NCF in collaboration with the family of Chief S.L. Edu and supported by Chevron Nigeria Limited. The lecture series aims at bringing environmental issues to the front burner of national discourse while articulating solutions through speakers from diverse backgrounds. 

 

The event equally serves to award scholarship grants to two PhD students whose research are in the field of environmental sciences in any Nigerian universities. The grant is sponsored by Chevron Nigeria Limited and seek to promote research works in nature conservation, biodiversity preservation, environmental management and sustainable livelihood.

 

Some of the topics and guest speakers in its 17-year history include: A Quiet Revolution: Faith and the Environment – Mr. Martin Palmer, Alliance for Religions & Conservation, UK; Environmental Management: Imperatives in Africa’s Sustainable Development – Prof. Charles Okidi, University of Kenya; Environmental Policy and Performance: a Sustainable Development Agenda for Nigeria – Chief (Dr.) Ernest Shonekan, former Head of Interim Government in Nigeria; Decline of Vultures: Consequences of Human Health and the Economy” - Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (former Minister of Environment, Nigeria). 

 

In attendance will be Lagos State Governor – Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Chief Philip Asiodu, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, traditional rulers, business executives, community leaders, members of CSOs and the academia, amongst others.

 

Nigerian Conservation Foundation is the foremost environmental conservation NGO with projects spread across the country that focus on the Foundation’s priority areas such as biodiversity conservation, environmental education, policy advocacy and improvement of livelihood of communities.

 

The S.L. Edu Memorial lecture is opened to the members of the public.

 

 

 

 

(L-R) Izoma Philip Asiodu, Chairman of the occasion; His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, Guest Speaker; His Excellency, Dr. Obafemi Amzat, Deputy Governor of Lagos State and His Royal Majesty, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, the Alake of Egbaland at the 18th Chief S. L. Edu Memorial Lecture, held today at the Bankers House, Victoria Island Lagos.