Celebrate Eid El-Kabir at Lekki Conservation Centre

Thursday, 08 August 2019 15:21

Visit the Lekki Conservation Centre to celebrate with your loved ones. 
Enjoy nature at it's best!!! 

NCF, NPS Launch Fruit Trees Planting in Community Schools

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 13:40

The need to build the culture of tree planting and re-greening the environment birthed the tree planting project in Udo community, Ovia South-West Local Government Area, Edo State. 

 

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in partnership with National Parks Service (NPS) will embark on fruit trees planting in some selected community schools in Edo State. The project will involve planting of fruit trees and setting up of nurseries, as well as conservation clubs in nine (9) schools in Udo community. The pilot phase was conducted on Friday, 19th July 2019 in Obarenren Primary School, Obarenren.

Some of the fruit trees planted were avocado, jack fruit, mango, soursop, orange etc. The pupils of the schools will further be engaged on setting up of nurseries, tree planting and other conservation club activities.

 

Dr. Joseph Onoja, Director, Technical Programmes, who led the NCF team stressed the need for every community in Edo State and neighbouring states to adopt tree planting exercise as top priority.

Speaking further, he said: “We all know that we need to plant more trees, and there is no better place to start than in the schools.”

 

The school community appreciated the gesture and pledged to nurture the plants while headteachers of other schools present showed interests in the project.

 

The following activities have been designed to be carried out subsequently: establishment of conservation clubs in each of the 9 schools, this is to further involve the pupils on environmental education; there will be monthly visit to the schools for proper monitoring of the project; the students will be trained on plant potting and setting up of nurseries; and each school will make space available for the nurseries to be set up in their schools.

 

In attendance were Mrs. Abidemi Balogun, Head of Environmental Education, NCF; the chairman of the community, Chief Ativie Ogie; deputy community head, Chief Osagie Agbonlahor; school heads; Conservation Education Officers of Okomu National Park, among others.

 

Population must be sustainable, NCF and others warn

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 13:20

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), in partnership with Population Matters, a UK based charity, and with the support of the Lagos State Government, commemorated the World Population Day on Thursday, 11th July 2019 at Lekki Conservation Centre.

 

This maiden edition hosted by the foundation themed Population and sustainability in Nigeria and beyond had on, discuss topics such as population growth and environmental sustainability; overpopulation in the developed world and a global approach; health implication of increasing human population in Nigeria and impact of increasing human population on Lagos environment and possible solution.

 

Some the causes of overpopulation the experts talked about are; Poverty (believed to be the leading cause of overpopulation), illiteracy, lack of family planning, increased birth rates and low mortality rates, male child preference, early marriage, and child brides, immigration, traditions and culture influence, and religious beliefs.

 

The keynote speaker, Barrister Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, Honourable Commissioner, National Population Commission (NPopC), who was represented by Mrs. Simiat Lawal, Deputy Director, NPopC Lagos observed that overpopulation affect human health especially the vulnerables. 

 

She stated that “It is my expectation that all stakeholders will continue to work together and harder to achieve the noble objectives of making life worth living for the vulnerable population in emergencies. Any concerted effort in support of the vulnerable population, who are disadvantaged today, is a good investment for the prosperity of the present and future generations. It is the responsibility we owe this great nation,” 

 

Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General of NCF in his presentation explained that “the nation’s population was growing but natural resources were shrinking due to human activities.” If Nigerians fail to rise and do what is necessary, the looming disaster can’t be contained.

 

Mr. Robin Maynard, Director, Population Matters revealed that population growth can be controlled and reversed through positive action such as education, female empowerment, family planning, ending poverty and encouraging smaller families.

 

Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of the Environment highlighted the efforts of the State Government in making the state habitable for residents and the need for citizens to partner with the government in order to control the geometric population growth.

 

Mrs. Temitope Okunnu, CEO of Foundation for a Better Environment (FABE) in her presentation said “People must compete for limited resources like food and water for survival. Instances where there is none, they are forced to make do with what is available. For example, in Mokoloki, an area Ogun State, residents are forced to conserve rainwater in preparation for the dry season because that area lacks fresh water supply. The condition of storage is so poor that people suffer from cholera, typhoid, and other water related diseases. Diseases, malnutrition and food insecurities have moved people from Mokoloki to Lagos in search of better work, school, food, and a better standard of living thereby competing with already limited resources in Lagos and adding to her population.”

 

The event had in attendance Mrs. Flora Adamma Oni, Director Tourism, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism & Culture; representatives of corporate organisations; NCF Life Fellows, students and lecturers of tertiary institutions and other stakeholders.