“The nation is losing its land at a fast rate, desert is spreading and encroaching vegetation, mangroves are being cleared, and pollution is everywhere.”
Those were the words of the President, Board of Trustees, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Izoma Philip Asiodu, as he reviewed the state of the global environment against the backdrop of recent scientific reports.
Izoma spoke on Saturday, November 16, 2019 in Lagos during the NCF’s annual fundraising dinner tagged “Green Ball”, and with the theme “Restoring Mother Nature: New Deal for Nature and People”.
“The report has it that Lagos and other coastal communities may be submerged under water in 2050 if the Federal Government does not take drastic steps,” he said.
Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General of NCF, in his introductory remarks, stated: “The alarming conclusions on the seriousness of climate change and environmental degradation in Nigeria makes it necessary for NCF to redouble its efforts. Recent scientific reports from the United Nations and other international agencies show us that climate change and the decline in nature have reached the point where they threaten human existence.
“This is more so in Nigeria where awareness of environmental issues is quite low and where these issues rank low in priority in our private and national lives. Hence, the essence of our gathering to deliberate and raise fund to raise the bar in the conservation promotion.”
Also present at the dinner were Minister (State) of Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor; DMD of Total E&P Ltd, Musa Ahmadu-Kida; and a representative of WWF, Mr. Seif Hamisi, among others.
Singer, Onyeka Onwenu, entertained guests at the event with her music.
Earlier in the day, a business forum which commenced the previous day was rounded up. The forum brought together stakeholders across Nigeria and beyond.
The Nigerian Business for Nature was a platform where officials and business leaders shared experiences and organisations’ best practices on the environment.