At the World Environment Day (WED) conference organised by the Association of Environmental Impact Assessment of Nigeria (AEIAN), Prof. Ani Nkang said that the environmental challenges before Nigeria was due to both legal and institutional failures.
He advised that government should frontally tackle environmental problems in the country in order to restore our ecosystems.
Prof. Ani Nkang VC Arthur Jarvis University, Calabar, who delivered a keynote lecture during the virtual conference on the WEDs theme Ecosystem Restoration, said hope was not lost to restore our ecosystems if governments at all levels decided to take up the gauntlet to curb those things that inhibit our efforts towards environmental development.
President of AEIAN Dr Ahmad Sanda who gave an opening remark said that World Environment Day 2021 calls for urgent action to revive our damaged ecosystems and only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity.
The virtual and physical conference which took place in Abuja was moderated by former ace broadcaster with NTA, Muhammad Kudu Abubakar.
The body seized the opportunity of WED to celebrate its General Secretary Dr Ijeoma Vincent-Akpu with the cutting of the cake for her the 50th Birthday which incidentally fell on the same day with WED.
The highlight during the conference was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Association for Environmental Impact Assessment of Nigeria (AEIAN) and the Association of Environment Reporters of Nigeria (AERN).
The president of AEIAN Dr Ahmad Sanda and president of AERN Comrade Ambrose Sule who signed the Memorandum on behalf of their respective organizations promised to promote the objectives of the memo.
The theme for World Environment Day 2021 is “Ecosystem Restoration” and the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration following a proposal and resolution for action by over 70 countries from all latitudes.
This years WED theme is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals.