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…
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…
Why should Nigeria lose its mangrove pride to lack of sustainable lifestyle and negligence of the environment, when the nation should actually benefit immensely from its services if well harnessed? As the world commemorates the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is using this moment to call on all the stakeholders to rise to the issues affecting our mangroves. Nigeria has one-third of the entire mangroves in Africa. This is the largest in the continent and the third-largest in the entire world. The Niger Delta Mangroves are estimated to provide 60% of the spawning grounds of fishes in West Africa. Mangroves absorb carbon and they determine the livelihood of the coastal dwellers. Nigerian Mangroves make up 40% of the remaining original forests in Nigeria and cover 10,500 square kilometres. Mangrove degradation is being caused by oil pollution, firewood cutting, over-exploitation, and sand filling among other factors. NCF and other environmental NGOs have embarked on Mangrove Restoration projects to restore Nigeria’s mangrove to at least 70% of their original states. There is an urgent need for rehabilitation for the mangrove ecosystem to be stepped up if they are to continue to render services…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Total E&P Nigeria Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding to conserve and improve the Nigerian environment. The event took place on Friday, 5th July 2019 at Total’s corporate office in Lagos. The partnership will serve to develop and implement activities such as the establishment of a conservation center in Abuja, afforestation programme, biodiversity management, Forest Elephant Alive Campaign, Green Recovery Nigeria Initiative among others. These activities are in line with Total Group’s Foundation priority area under “Forests & Climate”. The MoU was signed by Engineer Ahmadu-Kida Musa, Deputy Managing Director, Deep Water District, Total E&P Nigeria Limited and Alhaji Ahmed Joda, Trustee, Nigerian Conservation Foundation. Following the signature of the MoU, Engr. Ahmadu-Kida Musa thanked the NCF team and remarked: “Though we are starting this partnership with a three-year phase, it is my hope that it would last beyond our lifetime, more so that Total has a Foundation that is interested in the protection of the environment. We will ensure our footprint is visible so that our environment is conserved for us and our children.” While responding, Alhaji Ahmed Joda stated: “I love the environment and that is why I am part of NCF…
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.…
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…
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