Wednesday, 22 January 2020 14:40

In September 2019, in line with the International Vulture Awareness Day, the message “Save the Egyptian Vulture from Extinction” was spread to 2,500,000 people in the form of six advert boards installed on the major route to the Abuja Airport in Nigeria.


The Egyptian Vulture is among the most threatened and the only long-distance migrant among the Euro-Asian vultures, thus one of the flagships for the conservation of Old World scavengers over three continents. Although still large numbers are wintering in Sahel zone, the species became rare visitor to Nigeria because of the massive persecution and demand of vulture parts for traditional rituals and believed-based uses. As a result, all vultures have almost extinct from Nigeria. To counteract this critical situation, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation / Birdlife Nigeria (NCF) is mobilizing all potential resources, involving all relevant stakeholders and applying innovative approaches to find efficient solutions. Considering that Abuja Airport is one of the key regional airports, this campaign of NCF is a very powerful tool to raise international public awareness about the critical status of vultures, their role in the ecosystems and the threats they face.


The initiative is part of the international campaign “Fly with the Vulture” in the frame of the project “Egyptian Vulture New LIFE”. It aims at informing the public about the main threats Egyptian Vulture faces along its flyway and will take place at some of the biggest airports in the Middle East and Africa. Similarly, in December 2019 a big screen with the Egyptian Vulture was installed at the Arrival Hall of the Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan, raising the awareness of hundreds of thousands people.



Thursday, 16 January 2020 15:54

(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.

NCF holds the 18th Chief S. L. Edu Memorial Lecture

Monday, 13 January 2020 10:28




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.