An Environmental non-governmental organisation, the Nigerian Conservation Fund (NCF) is set to host the 20th edition of its annual memorial lecture in honour of Chief S.L Edu.
A memorial lecture is an annual event organized by the Foundation to honour the life and times of one of Nigeria’s pre-independence generation nationalists, statesmen and environmental advocates.
A statement signed by Mr Dapo Soneye, Head of Communications, NCF, said that the lecture series, which is sponsored by Chevron Nigeria, aims to bring environmental issues to the front burner of national debate while articulating solutions through expert discourse around the importance of nature and environmental preservation.
The theme of the 2022 edition of the lecture is “Only One Earth.”
According to the statement, the lecture will be featuring a conversation with the celebrated British Naturalist, Sir David Attenborough.
The statement added that the event is scheduled to hold on Wednesday, July 6, at the Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, at 11.00 a.m.
The lecture is expected to be graced by the Minister of State for Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor; His Excellency, Dr Teshome Nkrumah, the Canadian Deputy High Commissioner; His Excellency, Mr Ben Llewellyn-Jones OBE.
Others included the British Deputy High Commissioner; Chief Ede Dafinone, Chairman NCF NEC; and Chairman of the Lekki Estate Urban Forest and Animal Initiative and Founder of the Lufasi Nature Park.
Traditional rulers, business executives, religious leaders, community leaders, members of CSOs, academia, and media, among others are also being expected.
He said that the memorial lecture had been used over the years as a platform by Chevron Nigeria to further research in the areas of nature conservation, biodiversity, environmental management and sustainable livelihood by providing a grant to two PhD students studying environmental and biological sciences at any Nigerian university.
In its 19- year history, the lecture has featured renowned stakeholders and experts like Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, a former President of Nigeria and Mr Martin Palmer, Alliance for Religions & Conservation, UK.
Others include Prof. Charles Okidi, University of Kenya; Late Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Head of Interim Government in Nigeria; Ms Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (former Minister of Environment, Nigeria); His Eminence, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, among others.