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NCF, LBF advocate ocean conservation at Elegushi beach clean up

By George George Idowu

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and the Lekan Bakare Foundation (LBF) have called for sustainable action and greater understanding and passion for ocean conservation.

This appeal was made by both organisations during a clean-up event at Elegushi Beach, Lekki, in celebration of the 2024 World Oceans Day themed “Awaken New Depths.”

NCF Director-General, Dr. Joseph Onoja emphasized the importance of protecting ocean habitats to maintain ecosystem balance, noting that human survival is dependent on a healthy ocean and environment.

He called for collaborative efforts from individuals and organizations to manage waste responsibly to prevent ocean pollution.

Desmond Majekodunmi, an NCF Council Member, highlighted the crucial role oceans play, covering 70% of the earth’s surface, and pointed out the detrimental effects of human activities on marine life.

He stressed the urgency of addressing climate change and global warming to protect ocean ecosystems.

Similarly, Chief Operating Officer of the Lekan Bakare Foundation, Abiola Chembas, underscored the importance of ocean clean-up initiatives for the sustainability of marine life, linking their efforts to SDG 14, Life under Water.

She highlighted the ocean’s role as a source of livelihood for many Nigerians and the need to mitigate climate change impacts.

Young volunteer Jesusorefunmi Soneye, aged 12, shared insights from the pre-clean-up advocacy, stressing the dangers of plastic pollution to marine life and human health.

The event saw enthusiastic participation from volunteers and partners, resulting in the collection of 371.3 kg of waste from the beach.


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