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World Earth Day: Coalition of NGOs urges FG to honour environmental treaties




Lagos, April 22, 2019 The Coalition of NGOs on  sustainable and healthy environments on Monday urged the Federal Government to  adhere to  the international community’s call for a conducive environment by honouring environmental treaties.

Its national coordinator, Dr Odigha Odigha,  gave the  advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

Odigha was commenting on  the 2019 World Earth Day with the theme: ‘Protect Our Species.’

According to Odigha, Nigeria is a  signatory to many international environmental treaties targeted at ameliorating the impact of environmental degradationamong its inhabitants.

”We are, therefore,  advocating on this year’s Earth Day celebration, that government should respond positively to the international community’s call for a more conducive environment.

“It should also make do with the things it had promised to do.

”The cleaning up of Ogoni is a welcome development but government should do more to practicalise the exercise,” he said.

Odigha said that the Earth Day Celebration was being used to raise awareness on environmental issues and the negative impact of human activities on mother earth.

He said that Nigeria had less than 10 per cent of its forest  covered  while the world body  responsible for the environment prescribed 25 per cent as the minimum  standard.

Odigha said that  despite  this, the coalition and other  environmental agencies in and outside Nigeria had been fighting against the destruction of Cross River Forest.

He said that this was because it had remained  the only  existing forest in the country up till date.

He said that going by the theme of the 2019 Earth Day; ‘Protect Our Species’ one could imagine the species that would go into extinction should  the the Cross River Forest be  destroyed.

Odigha said that so far,  the coalition of NGOs had collected  over 400,000 signatories across the globe to ensure that the  forest is  not destroyed.

He said that the coalition and all environmental lovers were committed to ensuring that the nation’s forests were protected besides the ecosystems.

NNN reports that the earth day network believed that the rate of extinctions of species could still be slowed.

It reports that many of the declining, threatened and endangered species could still be  recovered.

It said that this could be achieved  should  a  global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists  demand  an immediate action against environmental degradation.

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