LEADING online environment and development magazine, EnviroNews Nigeria, along with several other organisations and individuals, will be honoured during the eighth Environment Outreach Magazine Public Lecture and Environmental Awards Ceremony scheduled to hold in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
The “2017 Environmental Awards” is to honour individuals and corporate bodies that have distinguished themselves in various fields of environmental management. The Environmental Awards include environmental stewardship award, environmental legislative excellence award, environmental awareness creation award, environmental media excellence award, environmental protection and support award, environmental governance award, and community development and nature conservation award.
EnviroNews Nigeria is to bag the “2017 Environmental Media Excellence Award”. According to the host of the event and Publisher of the Environment Outreach Magazine, Chief Noble Akenge, the theme of this year’s lecture is “Nigeria’s Depleting Forests and Its Implication for Forest Resources and Climate Change”.
The lecture, he added, would be delivered by the eminent sustainable development expert, Prof. Hilary Inyang, former Vice Chancellor, Botswana University of Science and Technology, Papalye, as well as President/CEO of Global Education and Infrastructure Services (GEISE) LLC. He is also a 2013 Winner of the Nigeria National Order of Merit (NNOM). Conservator-General of the Federation, Mallam Ibrahim Musa Goni, is to chair the occasion while Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State is expected as special guest of honour.
Other distinguished guests expected at the occasion include Mr. John Odey, former Minister of Environment; Professor Steve Azaiki, President of the World Environmental Foundation for Africa and the International Society for Comparative Education, Science and Technology (ISCEST), Nigeria; Engr. Goni Ahmed, Director-General of the Great Green Wall Agency; Barrister Sam Nwakohu, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Living Earth Nigeria Foundation; Samuel Onuigbo, Chairman, House of Reps Committee on Climate Change; Pro. Florence Obi, DVC Academics, University of Calabar; Obinna Chidoka, Chairman, House of Reps Committee on Environment and Ecology; Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi, CEO of LUFASI Park, Lekki, Lagos; and Barrister Iniruo Wills, former Commissioner for Environment, Bayelsa State.
Others expected at the event include Dr. Mrs. Alice Ekwu; Commissioner for Climate Change and Forestry, Cross River State; Dr. Iniobong Essien, Commissioner for Environment, Akwa Ibom State; other State Commissioners for Environment; top Government Functionaries, the Academia; Civil Society Organisations (CSOs); representatives of various environmental groups, traditional rulers and members of the public.