The Canadian Government has praised the efforts of the Nigerian Government, through the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, NCF in addressing climate change.
Canadian Deputy High Commission to Nigeria, Dr. Teshome Nkrumah made this known at the 40th-anniversary celebration of the foundation in Lagos.
Dr. Nkrumah said nature-based solutions to climate change including tree planting and wetlands preservation adopted by the foundation are in line with global plans towards addressing biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation, coastal erosion, among other environmental disasters.
He applauded the foundation for vigorously pursuing its Green Recovery Nigeria project of replacing 25% of Nigeria’s loss forests cover and said that similar effort was being executed in Canada where the government has pledged to plant two billion trees within the next 10 years.
He urged the Nigerian government to take the issue of the environment seriously, given the enormity of climate crisis facing the world.
“Climate change will nonetheless require a fundamental transformation in all aspects of society.
“How we grow food, use land, transport goods, and power our economies.
“Many nature-based solutions can help to achieve the decarbonisation of our economies”, Nkrumah said.
The Chairman, National Executive Council of NCF, Chief Ede Dafinone called on Lagos State Government to intervene to avert the possible wiping off of parts of Lekki-Epe by ocean surge as revealed by a recent study by the foundation.
The DG of NCF, Dr Joseph Onoja promised that the foundation would in the next 10 years work aggressively to achieve its mandate in 4 pillars namely saving species, climate Change, Green Recovery Nigeria, and Partnerships.
In his remark, the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu who was represented by his Special Adviser on Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Mobolaji Ogunlende stressed his administration’s commitment to Nature Conservation as he lauded NCF for rendering vital services to the nation.
At the occasion, the former Nigerian Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, and former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma retired, received special recognition Awards for their many years of financial support to environmental sustainability projects.
Reporting by Innocent Onoh; Editing by Ajibade Oluwaseyi & Tersoo Nicholas