Rotary International through Rotary Club Ikoyi Metro has joined hands with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) to secure the environment and further make it habitable for all.
Specifically, their collaboration aimed to strengthen efforts against coastal erosion by engaging in tree planting and beach clean-up activities at the Alpha Beach, Eti-Osa Local Government Area, Lagos.
In addition,over 50 seedlings of coconut trees (cocos nucifera) were planted along the sea shore to cushion the effect of sea surge that constantly wash off the sands at the beach.
President of the Club, Ms. Delight Sunday, noted that promotion of sustainable environment was one way the Club intends to contribute to national development.
She also expressed appreciation to NCF for an opportunity to partner with it to preserve the environment.
Also speaking during the exercise,Director of Technical Programme at NCF, Dr. Joseph Onoja, drew attention to communities and road network that were originally at the beach but have been washed off due to water rise level in the last 15years.
He noted that the situation was unravelled via satellite imagery and called on stakeholders to intervene to prevent further damage
He said, “In 2018, NCF conducted a research that revealed that if drastic actions are not taken, most coastal areas of Lagos will be submerged into water by year 2050.
“We are happy government has continued to put groins in place which were part of our recommendations. More of this has to be done extensively. We shall continue our campaign.”
A committee made up of representatives of NCF, RI D9110 and RC Ikoyi Metro was further created to strengthen the relationship between both parties.
The exercise was graced by District Leaders for environment and the supervising AG of the Club, PAG, Past Presidents and other members of the club assisted by the personnel of the sponsors.
In addition to handpickers and gloves made available for the clean-up exercise, the waste collected at the beach were bagged into bio-degradable materials and properly disposed at dumpsites.