June 2, 2024

FG seeks stakeholders support to tackle climate change

FG seeks stakeholders support to tackle climate change

R-L The Ogun State Vice Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Waheed Ogunjobi, the Director-General, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Prof. Zacharia Yaduma, who represented Minister of State for Environment, and President, Landscape Horticulturist Association of Nigeria (LAHORAN), Mr Sanya Falemu, at the tree planting exercise to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of NIPR held at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta on Saturday.

…donates 1,000 tree seedlings for Ogun NIPR Green Park

By James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

The Minister of State for Environment, Dr Iziaq Kunle Salako, has called for collective commitment in fostering a sustainable environment in Nigeria, saying the federal government requires strong stakeholders’ support to combat the challenges of climate change.

Dr Salako made the call at the 60th anniversary celebration of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) held on Saturday at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, where the Ogun State Chapter of NIPR unveiled its Diamond Anniversary Green Park.

The event, which featured the planting of 60 economic trees, was preceded by a colourful street walk in Abeokuta metropolis, with the theme, “Walking for Economic Transformation.”

Represented by the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Professor Zacharia Yaduma, the minister stressed the need for concerted efforts to reduce carbon footprint in the country and improve the health of its ecosystem.

According to him, it is possible to create a new Nigeria that not only thrives today, but also flourishes for the coming generations.

Salako said, “as we reflect on our journey as a nation, we are reminded of the vital importance of sustainable development. Greener Nigeria is not just a slogan; it is a call to action. It urges us to embrace practices that promote environmental stewardship, to innovate in ways that reduce our carbon footprint, and to invest in the health of our ecosystems.

“Today, as we celebrate this aiamond anniversary, let us renew our pledge to protect and enhance our natural heritage. Let us work together to ensure that our forests remain lush, our rivers flow clean, our gutters waste free and our air stays pure.”

“Let us support initiatives that drive green energy, sustainable agriculture and conservation efforts across our beloved nation,” he added.

The minister, who noted that the theme for NIPR Diamond Anniversary “Green Nigeria” was apt, commended members of the professional body for promoting an environmentally conscious nation by incorporating the idea of tree planting in their 60th anniversary celebration.

“In these 60 years of establishing growth for the profession and enhancing public image in Nigeria, your organisation has witnessed remarkable progress and must have also faced formidable challenges, but through it all, your dedication to nurturing our land and preserving its beauty for future generations has never wavered,” he remarked.

While assuring that the federal government would welcome collaborations aimed towards sustainability and environmental stewardship, Salako announced the donation of 1,000 seedlings to support the tree planting campaign of Ogun NIPR.

Also speaking on the occasion, the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, lauded the NIPR for contributing to the wellness and well-being of the Nigerian society with its tree planting campaign.

The governor, who was represented by the Head of Service, Mr Kehinde Onasanya, noted that the NIPR was planting for posterity as the trees would outlive the current generation.

He added, “that is why the Ogun State government will continue to accord due recognition to this body. You will recall that during the last Nigeria Public Relations Week, you requested for a brand new bus and you got it within three hours. So, Ogun State government will continue to partner with NIPR towards advancing the course of public relations in our society and in our state.

“Public relations is very important, it is about strategic communication. It is about image, it is about perception, it is about fostering strategic partnerships with various bodies.”

Earlier in his remark, the MAPOLY Rector, Dr. Adeoye Odedeji, said the polytechnic was excited to partner with the NIPR and assured that the Diamond Anniversary Green Park would be nurtured as a unit in the institution for the present and future generations.

On hes part, the Ogun NIPR Chairman, Mrs. Oluwaseun Boye, represented by the Vice Chairman who also chaired the 60th Anniversary Planning Committee, Mr Waheed Ogunjobi, said the professional body understands the importance of promoting a sustainable environment as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

“This park will serve as a garden and a hub for our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, which are hallmark of public relations. I believe that sustainable development means living today to preserve the environment for future generations. We must not be a prodigal generation that focuses on deforestation without corresponding afforestation,” she remarked.

The Chairman explained that the 1st of June was symbolic for the NIPR, as it was established on June 1, 1963 before the Institute ultimately became chartered via Decree 16 of 1990.

Dignitaries in attendance who also delivered goodwill messages included the State Chairman, Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria, Alhaji Ebun Atinuke; Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr Kunle Ashimi; Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Comrade Wale Olanrewaju; and President, Landscape Horticulturist Association of Nigeria (LAHORAN), Mr Sanya Falemu; as well as the Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr Waheed Adesina.