The Nigerian Conservation Foundation reviewed its activities and Audited Financial Statements for 2018 during her 30th Annual General Meeting of Wednesday, 18th September 2019. The event held at the Foundation’s headquarters, Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos and was attended by Council members, fellows, representatives of corporate organisations, members of the academia and media.

 

The President BoT, Chief Philip Asiodu in his address, stated: “Our advocacy programmes remain a vital tool to call the attention of government, organisations and people to actions on climate change, plastic pollution, mangrove restoration, desertification and restoring Nigeria’s forest to at least 20% by 2050”

 

The Chairman of National Executive Council of the Foundation, Chief Ede Dafinone in his statement said: “We initiated a campaign on Lagos coastal erosion with a lecture. The call became crucial seeing how communities along the beaches, including our pride, Lekki Conservation Centre, are being submerged.” 

 

On his part, the Director-General of NCF in his report said: “In our collaboration effort, we held programmes and events with International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos State Ministry of the Environment (MOE), Lagos Urban Forest and Animal Sanctuary Initiative (LUFASI), Mangrove Expo and others. The synergy has continued to deliver great results”

 

The Director-General stated further that awareness must be raised among residents of some communities in Ogun, Kebbi and Bauchi States on how to live in peace with elephants as the animals are roaming surrounding communities to their forest habitats and if care is not taken, lives may be lost.

 

Mr. Chigozie Okoro, Partner, Deloitte and Touche, who delivered the Audited Report disclosed that the Nigerian Conservation Foundation has kept proper books of account as it appears in the examination and the Foundation’s financial position, statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income are in agreement with the books of account and returns.

 

Earlier in the day, the “Orchids Garden” in memory of the former Executive Director of NCF, late Prof. Emmanuel Obot was relaunched. The garden feature species such as Angraecum pyriforme, Bulbophyllum filiforme, Bulbophyllum nigericum, Bulbophyllum porphyrostachys, Habenaria nigrescens, Liparis goodyeroides and Polystachya cooperi. The garden serves as a collection centre, environmental education, nature conservation and eco-tourism. 

 

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), in partnership with the Lagos State Government (LASG) through its Ministry of Environment and Water Resources is hosting the 12th edition of the annual “Walk for Nature”, with the theme: ‘Plastic Pollution: The Enemy of Our Development Agenda’. 

 

This year’s theme has been chosen to create more awareness about the need for Lagosians to collectively tackle the menace of plastic pollution. 

 

The NCF/LASG Walk for Nature is an initiative aimed at raising awareness on a wide variety of contemporary environmental issues confronting everyday living in Nigeria by demonstrating the importance of nature conservation, sustainable use of natural resources and environmental education. 

 

This partnership with the Lagos State Government for the Walk is in its 12th year, supported by corporate organisations (Chevron Nigeria Limited, Fidelity Bank Plc, IHS Towers, as well as Fan Milk Nigeria Plc, Mobile Classroom, Nestle Waters among others) that share in the vision of a Nigeria where people prosper while living in harmony with Nature.

 

The 3km walk takes participants through a designated route of inner and outer Marina, with participants donning branded t-shirts bearing the theme of the event. 

 

Relevant government agencies will be present to provide support services – these include the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), and Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC). The Police, supported by the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps will equally be on ground. 

 

The Walk for Nature ends with a reception featuring speeches from stakeholders expounding the theme, with keynote addresses from His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Honourable Commissioner of Environment & Water Resources, NCF leadership, sponsors and community members.

 

Also expected at the rally are Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, heads of faith-based organisations, conglomerates, institutions, associations and students among others

 

Venue: State House, Marina, Lagos State

Date:    Saturday, 19th October, 2019

Time:   7:00am