Stressing that the looting and pollution of natural resources and the treatment of the earth as a dumping ground for plastic and other waste had harmed the planet, in addition to projections that the planet could lose a million species over the coming decades, Dafinone called for urgent action.
“There are actions we can take, starting today, individually and collectively to recreate our relationship with the planet and restore our ecosystem,” he added.
During the event, NCF Chief Executive Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano made a clear call for African youth to take the driver’s seat in this decade-long global ecosystem restoration project. from 2021 to 2030. According to him: “Young people have the energy, the technical know-how and the information at their disposal to make a significant contribution to the restoration of the environment.
Meanwhile, Mr. Esimaje Brikinn, Managing Director of Policy, Government and Public Affairs of Chevron Nigeria Limited, revealed that his organization is transparently committed to advancing a low-carbon future, which meets the global needs of all, through affordable, reliable prices and ever cleaner energy, working towards a more prosperous and sustainable world.
He commended the giant strides of the NCF and other stakeholders and urged everyone to make a personal commitment to preserving the environment which is more threatened than ever.
While sharing her Ecosystem Restoration Impact Statement, a young ecologist, Ms. Omobola Eko, said:
“Planting trees is one of the cheapest solutions to climate change. This can be achieved by planting the right trees, in the right place, at the right time and in the right quantity. Efforts should be made to plant trees native to the environment in order to achieve effective ecosystem restoration.
Others present at the event included Mr. Abubakar Muhammad, a young environmentalist, Ms. Kafayat Quadri, a Nigerian lawyer, singer, songwriter, poet and music producer, and a 12-year-old boy, Rereloluwa Oketola, who made a “spoken”. word’ presentation on ecosystem restoration.
The event also served as a platform to award scholarships to two PhD students whose research work is in the field of environmental science in any Nigerian academic institution. The grant, sponsored by Chevron Nigeria Limited, aims to promote research in nature conservation, biodiversity preservation, environmental management and sustainable livelihoods.
This year’s edition was won by Mrs. Ibironke Olubamise and Mr. Samuel Jatto. Olubamise is a PhD candidate at the Postgraduate School of the Nigerian Defense Academy in Kaduna. She is pursuing a program in environmental management with a research project titled: “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Community-Based Initiatives for Environmental Restoration and Policy Development in Nigeria”.
Meanwhile, Jatto, a PhD student at Postgraduate College, University of Ibadan is pursuing a program in forest management with a research project titled “Forest Structure, Woody Species Diversity and the Basis of Joint Forest Management in the Forest Complex of Ibadan”. Omo-Shasha-Oluwa in Nigeria”. .’