The importance of water to the survival of humans and other creatures was stressed at the 2013 Walk for nature organized by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation in collaboration with the Lagos State Government in Lagos.
Speaking at the annual event to create awareness on environment issues, titled "Water for Life" with the support of Chevron Nigeria Limited, Aluko & Oyebode, UPDC Plc., Fidelity Bank Plc., SAEPETROL, Sovereign Trust Insurance and Seven-Up Bottling Company, the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola stated that water is vital for all known forms of life adding that without water, there would be no people , no animals, nor plants. "It is therefore clear that water can exit very well without people but people cannot exist without water".
In his welcome address, the President of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Chief Philip Asiodu, represented by Ambassador Hamzat Ahmadu said that In order to help to achieve the internationally agreed water-related goals contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, and in Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation of the World Summit of Sustainable Development (WSSD), the 'Water for Life' Decade (2005-2015) was declared to focus on water-related issues at all levels and on the implementation of programmes and projects, and the furtherance of cooperation at all levels.
" The primary goal of the 'Water for Life' Decade is to promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015, which is just round the corner. The Water Decade therefore focuses on encouraging countries to build on the efforts made to date to protect, use and manage freshwater resources in a sustainable manner as the water challenge is a governance challenge".
Asiodu added that the goals can be met only through knowledge and research, partnerships, and water conservation. At the national level, it is expected that each country will take its own approach to organize activities around the ‘Water for Life’ Decade. All activities that promote public awareness of issues related to the ‘Water for Life’ theme are encouraged, including the organization of conferences, seminars, expositions and other such public events.
Also speaking at the event which had over one thousand participants walking the streets of Lagos, the Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Tunji Bello said that water is a primary building block of life. He enjoined people to life sustainable life while protecting the free gift of nature.