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Business News of Sunday, 4 December 2022


NCF restates commitment to sustainable development

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The Nigerian Conservation Foundation has expressed commitment to the effective implementation of the Strategic Action Plan of 2021 to 2025, noting that it was aimed at ensuring that people prosper while living in harmony with nature and promoting sustainable development.

The foundation made the disclosure at its 33rd Annual General Meeting held virtually on Wednesday, monitored by our correspondent.

The President, Board of Trustees, NCF, Chief Philip Asiodu, while delivering his speech at the meeting said that the launch of SAP was a major achievement of the foundation in 2021.

He said, “SAP was a call to practical action by the foundation and all Nigerians across communities.

The new NCF SAP, which provides a clear five-year roadmap for the foundation, has four key pillars

Spaces – Green Recovery Nigeria; Species – Saving Species in Peril; Climate Change – Tackling the Climate Crisis; and Partnerships – Fostering Collaboration with Stakeholders.”

Asiodu noted that NCF was called the premier conservation organisation because there was no existing organisation dedicated to wildlife, nature conservation and environmental management in the country.

He said, “As a foundation, we are abreast of the current happenings in the environment sector and our commitment to a Nigeria where people prosper while living in harmony with nature remains unwavering.

“This is further driven by the global attention on illicit trade in wildlife and its effects on the population of floral and fauna resources as well as the global economy while implementing projects that aligned with the key pillar of Green Recovery Nigeria.

He stated that NCF has embarked on several reforestation projects.

“These projects range from creating school gardens to planting economic and fruit trees in schools and communities, to forest landscape restoration in Anambra state,” he said.

Asiodu encouraged members of the foundation to increase its membership to at least one million by the end of the current strategic action plan.

The Chairman of the National Executive Council of NCF, Chief Ede Dafinone, said, “The foundation’s relationship with several agencies of government at national, sub-national levels and international partners has been renewed and reinvigorated.

Dafinone ascribed the success recorded by the foundation to the relentless efforts of its Board of Trustees and council members.