The Federal Government Nigeria has conferred Environmental Friendly awards on six distinguished Nigerians including the President, Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Izoma Philip Asiodu. He was honoured for his role in the conservation and sustainable development in Nigeria. Also honoured was Mrs. Ajoke Mohammed, a member of the Council of NCF.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, conferred the awards at a Gala Night marking the World Environment Day 2015 at the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja.
The Director General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi received the award on behalf of Izoma Philip Asiodu.
Other beneficiaries of the awards include former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma, who was conferred with “Champion for the Conservation of Biodiversity” and Newton Jibunoh.
Vice President Osinbajo in his speech assured that the administration would ensure “environmental justice” for sustainable growth and development. He added that the wind of change being witnessed across all sectors of the society, including the environmental sector, would ensure sustainable growth and development.
“On our part we will consolidate on the gains so far achieved under this project. We will provide the support needed to ensure that the wind of change which has come the way of our polity comes also to the environmental sector for sustainable growth and development. Our theme for the Environmental Day speaks of the crucial aspect of environmental justice.
“It reminds us that our world belongs to seven billion others, aside from ourselves, and that their habits as people and policies as government determine whether we will treat others fairly or justly”.
The Vice President noted that environmental problems, including flood and climate change, were assuming a higher dimension, warning that they would have negative impact on Nigeria’s food security if not properly handled.
“If the environmental issues are properly managed, they have the potential to support growth,” he added.
The theme for this year’s World Environmental Day is “Seven billion dreams. One planet. Consume with care”.