NESREA Foundation sensitizes Ekiti residents to environmental issues
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NESREA Foundation sensitizes Ekiti residents to environmental issues

The National Environmental Standards, Regulations and Enforcement Agency (NESREA) in collaboration with TGED Foundation has appealed to residents and stakeholders in Ekiti State to be aware of what they are doing to ensure a sustainable environment.

In a speech delivered at an event in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, as part of his commentary on the World Environment Day celebrations, Gbenga Akinola, the Acting NESREA State Coordinator at the Ekiti Field Office, explained that the agency is committed to working with stakeholders and organisations to ensure environmental protection for the sustainable development of society.

The event, which had the theme “Land Reclamation, Desertification and Drought Resilience”, was attended by representatives from various entities, including security agencies, the National Emergency Management Agency, farmers, government officials and others.

Akinola, who lamented that as a result of human activities on the environment, the society was grappling with health, agricultural and other challenges, appealed to the people to support the efforts of the agency and the TGED Foundation in the interest of the society.

He said: “As an agency, acting in line with the directive of our Director General, we intend to sensitise people, let them know the impact of their activities on the environment.

“In line with this year’s World Environment Day theme, Land Restoration, Desertification and Resilience, our activities have a long-lasting impact on the environment and that is why we invited stakeholders from all sectors to come together to exchange ideas and bring solutions to our headquarters in Abuja.”

Meanwhile, the Director General of TGED Foundation, Oluwaseyi Ebenezer, who commended NESREA for its efforts in protecting the environment, said degradation and other activities were threatening lives and livelihoods.

According to her, “As the founder of the TGED Foundation, I am deeply honored to see our vision of sustainable development and environmental protection being realized through this important partnership. The degradation of our lands and increasing desertification are not only environmental problems, but serious social and economic challenges that threaten the livelihoods of countless families and communities.

“Ekiti State, known for its rich cultural heritage and fertile lands, is at a critical juncture. The urgent need to restore our lands and build resilience to the growing threat of desertification cannot be overemphasized. This task requires innovative solutions, community engagement and unwavering commitment from all stakeholders.

Today’s forum is a testament to our shared commitment to reversing land degradation and fostering resilience. By focusing on sustainable practices, we can restore the health of our ecosystems, support agricultural productivity, and improve the quality of life for all our citizens.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Oluwole Adeoye, a lecturer at the Science Laboratory Technology at Ekiti State University (EKSU), revealed that Nigeria accounts for about 55 percent of deforestation, making it the country with the highest deforestation rate in the world.

Stressing that the country is fortunate to have arable land suitable for cultivation, he warned that concerted efforts need to be made to conserve land to address the growing problem of food insecurity in the country.

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