NCF, Earthnewsinfo Host Environmental Journalism Summer School

Thursday, 22 August 2019 08:13

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in partnership with Earthnewsinfo, (an online environment website, hosted by Jennifer Igwe, a multiple award-winning environment journalist) is organizing a one-week Environmental Journalism Summer School for aspiring environmental journalists, particularly those from polluted environments and areas with degradation. 


The Environmental Journalism Summer School is also an advocacy programme that seeks to build the capacity of young Nigerians to bring to the fore myriad of environmental challenges bedeviling their communities. They will be trained on the rudiments of environmental journalism, so they can be agents of change. The initiative targets greenhorns and those already working with media organizations.


Participants will learn from list of multiple award-winning environment journalists such as Shola Oshunkeye, Jennifer Igwe, Ugochi Oluigbo, Samson Asije among others. Other facilitators are renowned conservationists; Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, DG of NCF, Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi, Chairman of LUFASI and others.


The programme is also an empowerment initiative, as participants seeking to become freelance journalists and the voice of the voiceless, will receive assistance. They will learn how to source for stories, pitch them to editors and publishers as well as packaging and earning a living from doing so. 


At the end of the programme, each participant will produce stories that would be published locally and internationally. Three outstanding participants would receive packages to help them upload their works online, including empowerment that can support them to become freelance reporters, such as cameras, tripods, lights, microphones and midgets.


The training is scheduled for 26th to 31st August 2019 at NCF headquarters, Lekki Conservation Foundation, Lekki, Lagos.



Trado-Medics Advocate for Herbal Alternatives to Vulture use

Monday, 19 August 2019 15:06

As the implementation of the 2 years Vulture project funded by the USFWS is progressing, the National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) are advocating for the adoption of sustainable alternatives to vulture in belief-based use. This agreement was reached last week at a one-day Stakeholders Meeting with the Ogun State Chapter of the Association which was held in Abeokuta on 13th August 2019.


According to Chief Soyoye (Aniyikaiye), President of NANTMP Ogun State chapter, the Association is committed to sensitizing its members across the State on desisting from using vulture parts in trado-medicine practices. 


They also appealed that the government should strengthen the enforcement of existing laws and place the use of the species under Felonious Act, as this will strengthen the enforcement of the ban and reduce vulture trade. 


Conservation Desk Officer, Ogun State Ministry of Forest, Mr. Ojelade in his response said that lack of law that guides against the trade in vulture use is promoting the illegal trade. He further informed the meeting that Ogun State Government has recently reviewed its Wildlife Laws with the technical support of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation. The draft Wildlife Laws is waiting to be passed by the State House of Assembly. This was necessary because of the outdated nature of the State Wildlife Laws which were not as punitive as possible. 


NCF Representative, Mr. Solomon Adefolu delivered a presentation to sensitize the group on the current vulture crisis, threats, NCF’s sensitisation/awareness effort, baseline data gathering, how trado-healers association can assist in combating illegal trade in vulture and their parts.         


Among the participants are the Hunter Association in Ogun and Oyo States, Trado-Healers Association across each LGAs in Ogun State, Herb/Wildlife Traders Association Ogun and Oyo States.


A similar stakeholders meeting took place in May 2019, in Kano State where about 30 members of NANTMP, Kano State Chapter present advocated for the promotion and adoption of plant-based alternatives to vulture in belief-base use.