NGO to engage stakeholders on environmental degradation, others

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

The Environmental Safety and Awareness Initiative plans to engage stakeholders and strike a balance between environmental degradation and government priorities on safety of habitats and exploitation.

The President, ESAI, Mr. Olusegun Ariyo, said the issues would be examined at this year’s Nigeria Green Award, which is aimed at promoting the cause of preservation and environmental consciousness.

Ariyo said the event would provide participants with unique opportunities to discuss leading environmental issues like contamination of land and water poison with examples in Zamfara State where exploitation of precious stones was said to have been affecting inhabitants.

“The event will attempt to strike a balance between environmental degradation on the one hand, as well as government priorities on safety of habitats and exploitation, on the other,” he said.

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He added that the award, which is in its second edition, would hold in Lagos on June 6, 2017.

A paper titled, ‘Prioritising environmental quality in Nigeria: The implication of the UNEP repot on Niger Delta region’ would be presented by Dr. Olayinka Agunloye of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos, among other speakers.

“The award, which will be the climax of the lecture, will be given to individuals and corporate organisations in 18 categories for their contributions and involvement in promoting the perseveration of our common concern, the environment,” he added.

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