NCF plans fo­rum on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues

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The Nige­rian Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion says it plans to hold talks on is­sues about the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the foun­da­tion, the Chief S.L. edu Memo­rial Lec­ture, an an­nual event, is or­gan­ised by the NCF in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the S.L. edu Fam­ily with the sup­port of Chevron Nige­ria Limited, and is aimed at bring­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues to the fore of na­tional dis­course while ar­tic­u­lat­ing so­lu­tions.

The NCF said the 17th edi­tion of the lec­ture would hold in La­gos on Jan­uary 17.

In a state­ment signed by its Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Dr Muhtari Aminu-kano, the NCF said this year’s lec­ture with the theme, ‘A quiet rev­o­lu­tion – Faith and the en­vi­ron­ment’, would be de­liv­ered by the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Al­liance of Re­li­gions and Con­ser­va­tion, United King­dom, Martin Palmer.

he said, “Speak­ers from di­verse back­grounds, rang­ing from aca­demic, con­ser­va­tion, govern­ment, cor­po­rates and more, have de­liv­ered lec­tures on en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion, poli­cies and other top­i­cal is­sues.

“Some of the top­ics and guest speak­ers in its 17-year his­tory in­clude ‘en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment: Im­per­a­tives in Africa’s sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment’ by Prof. Charles Okidi of the Univer­sity of Kenya; ‘en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy and per­for­mance: A sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment agenda for Nige­ria’ by the for­mer head of in­terim govern­ment in Nige­ria, Chief ernest Shonekan; and ‘De­cline of vul­tures: Con­se­quences of hu­man health and the econ­omy’ by the for­mer Min­is­ter of en­vi­ron­ment, and cur­rent Deputy Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the United Na­tions, Amina Mo­hammed, among oth­ers.”

he stated that the event would also be used to award schol­ar­ship grants to two PHD stu­dents in the field of en­vi­ron­men­tal sciences in uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try.

“The grant, spon­sored by Chevron, is to en­cour­age the stu­dents to un­der­take

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