NCF Hosts World Population Day

Thursday, 04 July 2019 13:33

 

 

 

 The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), in collaboration with Population Matters, a UK-based charity and with support from the Lagos State Government hosts the World Population Day event, tagged ‘Population and Sustainability in Nigeria and beyond'.

 

It is our belief that unsustainable population is a global problem which must be addressed in both developed world countries, where population growth may be low but consumption and global environmental impact are high, and in countries of the Global South where the global impact is low but population growth may be high. Therefore, the campaign is to achieve a sustainable human population, to protect the natural world and improve people’s lives.

 

The aim of this event is to create awareness and generate public discussion that will address both global population and the impacts of growth in Nigeria; interfacing with stakeholders in examining local solutions; examining how Nigeria can contribute towards international policy initiatives to address unsustainable population.

 

According to the United Nations, by 2050 the global population will be 9.7bn and the Nigerian population more than 400m. By the middle of the century, Nigeria will overtake the US as the world’s third most populous country. These figures are the UN’s main, medium variant, projections. With 95% certainty, it projects a global population in the range between 9.4 and 10.1 billion in 2050, and between 9.4 and 12.7 billion in 2100 (with a medium projection of 10.9bn).

 

However, if global fertility rates differ by half-a-child per woman than the medium projection, the global population will be significantly different. With half-a-child less, there would be 8.9 bn by 2050 and decline to 7.3 bn people by 2100 – a smaller population than today. Conversely, with half-a-child more than the median projection, there would be 10.6 bn by 2050 and as many as 15.6 bn by 2100. The future population is thus extremely dependent on the actions taken to address fertility and these projections should not be taken as predictions.

 

The event will be taking place on Thursday, 11th July 2019 at Lekki Conservation Foundation at 9:00am.

 

Expected to speak at this maiden edition are His Excellency Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor; Barrister Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, Hon Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission; Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation; Mr. Robin Maynard, Director, Population Matters, UK; Mrs. Temitope Okunnu, CEO, Foundation for a Better Environment (FABE); Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of the Environment; and Mrs Flora Adamma Oni, Director Tourism, Lagos State Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

 

Others expected to be in attendance are students of Tertiary Institutions in Lagos, NCF corporate and individual members and the media. 

 

For further information, please visit https://populationmatters.org/world-population-day-2019-lagos.

 

 

 

NCF Commemorates WED, Educates on Causes and Dangers of Air Pollution

Friday, 14 June 2019 09:44

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) commemorated this year’s World Environment Day (WED) with presentations from 21 schools and discussions by experts on the theme “Air Pollution”. 

 

The Director General of NCF, Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano in his welcome address, emphasised the hazard of air pollution in our environment. Mentioning the tragedy that struck in Imo State on Monday after fumes from a generator left 10 guests who attended a traditional wedding dead. He was of the opinion that such a sad incident would have been averted if power supply in Nigeria has been effective, and the host wouldn’t have any reason to put on the generator that led to the family disaster. 

 

Part of the activities of the day were the presentations of drama, poem, music and exhibition by the school pupils. They were categorized into 3 age categories; 5 to 8 years (Primary), 9 to 12years (Junior) and 13 to 16 years (Senior). Amber Ville School, Ajah; Learning Ladder Montessori School, Ajah and Falomo High School, Ikoyi emerged winners in the 3 categories respectively.

 

A consultant pulmonary surgeon, LASUTH, Dr. Femi Ojo; Head of Operations, IHS Towers, Mr. Olukorede Alayemola and Business Manager of Carbon Credit, Mr. Olatunji Balogun were the discussants that expatiated and educated the participants on the causes, effects and preventive measures to air pollution. The session was moderated by Mrs. Funmi Ilori.

 

The Group Head, Corporate Affairs, FCMB, Mr. Diran Olojo, Supervisor Environment, Chevron Nigeria Ltd, Mrs. Adedamola Abudu and the representative of Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Aderonke Adeneye delivered goodwill messages on behalf of their organisations.

 

Participants from schools, corporate organisations and media defied the rain to participate in the event held at Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) on Tuesday, 11th June 2019. Event was supported by IHS Towers, FCMB, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Topjoy Concept International, Lekki Concession Company, Fanmilk Plc and Nigerian Bottling Company.

 

Also in attendance were NCF Council Member, Chairman of LUFASI, Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi, Manager of Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria, Mr. Tom Akagbosu and Director of Technical Programme, NCF, Dr. Joseph Onoja.

 

 

 

 

NCF marks WED with high impact activities

Monday, 10 June 2019 10:09

 

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is set to commemorate this year’s World Environment Day (WED) with variety of highly impactful activities.

 

2019 WED with the theme “Air Pollution” is to be used to expose the extent of the poor air quality the world is embattling, sensitise people on how to improve the air quality we breathe as poor air quality can kill.

Air pollution is the release of pollutants into the air that are detrimental to human health and the planet, as a whole.  Most of these pollutants come from energy use and production such as burning of fossil fuels (petroleum and other factory combustibles), agricultural activities (insecticides, pesticides, and fertilizers in agricultural activities), exhaust from factories and industries, mining operations and indoor air pollutions.

 

Asides the effects that these pollutants have on the environment such as global warming, acid rain, etc., they have alarming effects on human respiration and health generally. The good news is, we can fix this by embracing practices such as agro-forestry practices, use of clean energy sources like hydro/solar, energy conserving stoves etc.

 

NCF is imploring Nigerians to explore and adopt renewable energy, clean energy, live sustainably and be deliberate about conservation to improve the quality of air we breathe in.

 

The activities for the day will be in two segments: The inter-school competition – interpretation of the student’s understanding of the theme of the event through play, poem, mime songs etc; secondly, Panel discussion: The interactive and moderated discussions will focus on the following - Awareness of air pollution: The discussant will give insights into some of governments’ regulations, protection and enforcement on air pollution; Heath impact of air pollution: Impact of air pollution on human health and environment will be highlighted by a medical practitioner; Practical Solutions to air pollution: Representative of organisations that have demonstrated practical solution to air pollution e.g. IHS, will educate how they have been able to achieve this (through the business practice of collocation) and how others can take a cue; Other alternatives: clean energy – manufacturer and promoter of clean energy will show how their alternative provides safer and better option.

 

There will also be donation of indigenous tree seedlings - fruit trees specifically to schools and corporate organisations who partner or sponsor the event.

 

The Panelists are Dr. Femi Ojo, a consultant pulmonary surgeon, representative of LASEPA, Lumous and HIS Towers.

 

The event will hold at Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) on Tuesday, 11th June 2019.

 

 

2019 WED is supported by IHS Towers, FCMB, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Topjoy Concept International, Lekki Concession Company, Fanmilk Plc and Nigerian Bottling Company.