By Kingsley Adegboye & Gabriel Olawale
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation, NCF, will begin the new year with the annual Chief S. L. Edu Memorial Lecture as part of NCF’s sustainable development agenda and contribution to nation-building which is geared towards gaining public support for burning environmental issues.
The 2018 Lecture will be the 16th edition. The lecture is scheduled to hold tomorrow, January 17, 2018 at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The theme of this year’s edition is Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade in West Africa: the Role of
Environmental Law and Governance. Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, a professor of Environmental Law and Policy and Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University, Ojo, will present the lecture.
According to a statement from NCF, the theme for the lecture was selected because of the rising cases of illegal wildlife trade in Nigeria and other West African countries, pointing out that Policy Advocacy is a cardinal programme of the Foundation, which is used to advocate for actions on imminent environmental issues, hence the choice of topics.
The lecture was initiated by NCF to immortalise the Founder, the late Chief Shafi Lawal Edu. In the past 15 years, lectures in diverse environmental issues have been discussed as a way of advocating and educating the populace on the need to be well sensitised to embrace nature conservation and sustainable livelihood.
The event will also be used to award scholarships to two deserving PhD. students studying environmental sciences in any Nigerian university. The grant, sponsored by Chevron, is to encourage the students to undertake research work in the fields related to nature conservation, biodiversity and sustainable livelihood.