Anambra State Government, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and Nigerian Conservation Foundation, NCF, have agreed on measures to protect and preserve natural infrastructure.
The agreement was entered at the end of opening ceremony of a two-day workshop on Anambra Forest-Landscape Restoration at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, the State Capital.
Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor of the State, Mrs Ifeyinwa Uzoka, who explained that the State Government had been collaborating with donor agencies to protect and preserve the environment by addressing indiscriminate waste disposal, flooding and erosion menace through tree planting exercise, market gardens and ugbo az’uno, called for more investment in environmental maagement.
Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Professor Charles Esimone, who recalled that the institution had collaborated with the NCF to train forest guards that protect natural infrastructures in the University, disclosed plans to establish zoological and botanical gardens, as well as curriculum designed to educate students on reasons to preserve natural infrastructures.
On his part, NCF Director of Technical Programme, Dr. Joseph Onoja, emphasized the need to faithfully implement action plans to protect and preserve the environment, adding that increased and sustained advocacy targeted at major stakeholders across different communities in the State will be embarked upon to achieve set objectives.
Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. Cdon Adinuba, represented by Mr. Tony Nezieanya said the State Government had agreed with some organisations to assist Anambra State Waste Management Authority in proper waste disposal, noting that with effective information dissemination, the objectives of protecting and preserving the environment can be achieved.
Correspondent Joseph Egbeocha reports that the Anambra State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Nnamdi Onukwuba, his Environment counterpart, Mr. Obi Nwankwo, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Emma Okafor made remarks at the opening ceremony of the workshop attended by representatives of town unions, media practitioners and students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka.