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” on Saturday, 23rd November, 2019 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, and other sponsors.
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.