Nigeria – The United Nations Environmental Program projects has projected that restoration of Ecosystem will help to eliminate poverty and tackle climate change thus the inevitable human participation in the quest to restoring the environment.
It is in the light of the above that the Anambra State Environment Commissioner Honourable Obi Nwankwo urged Ndi Anambra to eschew any form of deforestation and embrace afforestation in order to restore the ecosystem.
This he said during the 2021 world environment day celebration held in Awka.
Chidinma Ikeanyionwu was there and reports thatt he Environment Commissioner represented by the Desk Officer Home Grown Feeding Programme in the Ministry, Mrs Juliana Edochie, noted that to sustain the environment one must key into the state government’s ‘Ugbo Azu Uno’ initiative hence promoting healthy environmental activities.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Dr Emma Okafor said that the theme of this year Day ‘Ecosystem Restoration”, aimed to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystem in Anambra and to raise awareness on the urgent need to safeguard natural habitats.
He noted that the greatest problem of the environment is erosion and soil degradation calling on all to desist from activities that would shrink the last mast.
Mr Emeka Achebe, the Communication Officer, Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project NEWMAP, commended the state government on its numerous policies which are ecofriendly even as he charged citizens to be more pragmatic with issues affecting their environment.
In a paper presentation the Director News and Current Affairs Department, Anambra Broadcasting Service, Mr Gab Okpalaeze who spoke on the role of the media in climate change to include mass mobilization said it is the work of the media to disseminate information about the environment in possible and easiest way for better understanding by the masses.
Others who spoke included the Coordinator Earth, Environment and Climate Change Ambassador EECCA, Mr Mike Opia who collaborated with the Anambra State Ministry of Environment to commemorate this year’s world environment day.