Walk for nature: Lagos partners NCF
The Lagos State Government in conjunction with Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF ) is set to hold the 15th edition of the Annual Walk for Nature, which will this year highlight the importance of preserving nature and improving the quality of lives across the state
Addressing a press conference to sensitise the public on the importance of year 2022 Annual Walk for Nature, yesterday, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello said the programme over the years has continued to create awareness and sensitise Lagosians on the importance of nature conservation and biodiversity
Bello, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environment, Dr. Omobolaji Gaji, who spoke on behalf of the Commissioner said the state government is seeking to demonstrate interest in conservation matters through partnership and collaboration with the Private sector and Non-governmental organisation in compliance with the SDG 17.
He said the state government had since 2008 been collaborating with NCF to enlighten the citizenry on the importance of environmental protection and conservation through a yearly programme tagged: “Walk For Nature”.
According to him, the 2022 Walk for Nature will hold on Saturday, October 15, simultaneously in three locations, namely: Ikoyi, Ikeja and Surulere councils.
He said the collaboration has been on for the past 15 years on every third Saturday of October of each year, adding that the theme for each year is coined from the theme of World Environment Day,“Only One Earth”.
On his part, the Director General of NCF, Dr. Joseph Onoja, said the programme was to create more awareness on the activities that mount pressure on biodiversity and wildlife as well as to improve behavioural change amongst the people towards nature.
The Director General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, who spoke through the Director, Business Development and Communications, Mr. Uche Achunine noted that people should always bear in mind that the more they harm some species by killing them and engaging in deforestation, the more they are harming themselves.
He urged everyone to learn how to treat nature nicely to promote a healthy lifestyle.