The federal government has commended the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Lekki Conservation Centre, for efforts devoted to protecting the environment through several initiatives .
The Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar ,gave his commendations
while on a working visit to NCF headquarters, in Lekki Lagos.
The Minister mentioned that the Foundation’s partnership with the Federal government has been quite rewarding.
He stated that NCF’s has been proactive in terms of public awareness campaign and projects implementation.
Speaking on government’s inputs so far, Abubakar said, “We have built and we are building numbers of recycling plants that will take used plastics, wash and make all kinds of things out of them. For example pallet, and this pallet will be used to make interlock, the interlock made from plastics will even last longer than the brick interlocks”
He added that the present government has been able to move the forest cover of the nation from 4% to 6% and working towards restoring it to 25% as recommended globally
During the visit, Abubakar went on a guided tour of the centre. He also experienced a thrilling moment on the longest canopy walk in Africa.
In his company were Prof. Adeshola Adepoju, Chairman, National Forest Trust Fund; Mr. Charles Ikeah, Director, Pollution Control & Environment Health, Federal Ministry of Environment among others.
He rounded off the day with a planting of Ekki tree (lofira alata) within the centre.
The Minister was received by Chief Ede Dafinone, Chairman, National Executive Council of NCF; Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director General of NCF and Mr. Tom Akagbosu, a representative of Chevron Nigeria Ltd and NCF Management staff.