The annual fundraising dinner of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) tagged Green Ball, was held on Saturday, 16th November, 2019. The event which had the theme “Restoring Mother Nature: New Deal for Nature and People” took place at the Grandball Room of the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General of NCF in his introductory remark, stated that “The alarming conclusions on the seriousness of climate change and environmental degradation in Nigeria makes it necessary for NCF to redouble its efforts. Recent scientific reports from the United Nations and other international agencies show us that climate change and the decline in nature have reached the point where they threaten human existence. This is more so in Nigeria where awareness of environmental issues is quite low and where these issues rank low in priority in our private and national lives. Hence, the essence of our gathering to deliberate and raise fund to raise the bar in the conservation promotion.”

The Chairman of the occasion, who is also the President, Board of Trustees, NCF, Izoma Philip Asiodu revealed his observation about the state of the environment in Nigeria passionately. He alarmed “The nation is losing its land at a fast rate, desert is disappearing, mangroves are being cleared, and pollution is everywhere. The report has it that Lagos and other coastal communities may be submerged under water in 2050 if the Federal Ggovernment does not take drastic steps.”

Also present at the dinner were Minister (State) of Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor; DMD of Total E&P Ltd, Engr Musa Ahmadu-Kida; representative of WWF, Mr. SeifHamisi among others.

The ‘Elegant Stallion’, OnyekaOnwenu entertained the guests with herAfrican pop music.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, the first of its kind business forum which commenced on the previous day was rounded up. The forum brought together stakeholders across Nigeria and international.

The Nigerian Business for Nature was a platform where officials and business leaders shared experiences and organisation’s best practices on the environment. Participants include government officials led by Chief Sharon Ikeazor, Director Generals of institutes, heads/reps from corporate organisations, WWF, RSPB and Birdlife International.

Among the sponsors for the night were Total E&P Nig. Ltd; Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG); Chevron Nigeria Ltd; Sokoto State Government; Ecobank Plc; Stanbic IBTC bank; Keystone bank Plc; Firstbank Private Banking; Ethopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Environmental Accord among others.

August 23, 2019

In a bid to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its establishment, Stanbic IBTC planted 30 trees at Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC), the urban jungle in the heart of Lagos that also serves as the headquarters of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on 21st August 2019.

The tree planting exercise was led by Dr. Demola Sogunle, the Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Bank, in the company of Mrs Bridget Oyefeso-Odusami, Head Marketing & Communications, Stanbic IBTC, among others.

The species planted were the African Mahogany and Ijebu Mahogany. These two species were chosen because both were hard wood of the same family, ever green and medicinal.

Dr. Sogunle in his speech said that the tree planting exercise was in line with Stanbic IBTC’s value drivers which include being customer centric, employee engagement and being socially, environmentally and economically impactful to the society at large.

The Stanbic IBTC Bank CE assured that Stanbic IBTC would complete the tree planting exercise in the six geo political zones of the country by the end of 2019. He said: “We are planting 30 trees in the six geopolitical zones of the country. This is the fourth tree planting exercise we are engaging in this year.”

Dr. Sogunle stated further: “What Stanbic IBTC is doing also coincides with our 30th anniversary celebration. One of the best ways to celebrate this milestone is to contribute to the environment by the planting of trees to prevent deforestation in the country.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Muhtari Amuni-Kano, Director General of NCF in his statement while reacting to this laudable action said that “I commend what the organization is doing and they have promised to replicate the planting in the six geo-political zones of the country. I hope the public, companies and governments can do more to take to this habit of planting trees in hundreds,’’

He said further that “This is something I will recommend to every Nigerian; to plant trees to commemorate special events in their lives because trees are long lasting and you remember that event whenever you see such trees.If you have an occasion to commemorate whether marriage, the birth of a child, jubilees, any birthday or landmark event, plant trees. The exercise was also witnessed by the Management Staff of NCF and Project Manager of LCC.