By Muhammad Hadi


Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), with the support of Niger State Government is hosting its 28th National Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, the Niger State capital.

Addressing press conference in Minna, the Chairman Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Dr. Muhammad Bashar Nuhu said the conference will take place from 7th to 10th November, 2018, with the Theme “Securing A Sustainable Future Through Circular Economy And Natural Capital: Mainstreaming National Green Growth Plan”, and will feature other activities such as paper presentations by corporate organizations and individuals, exhibition, award presentation, workshop on ecosystem services valuation and a visit to Zungeru Hydro Power plant among others.

NES as a Non-governmental organization is a professional, non-profit oriented and committed to advocacy actions towards environmental protection and sustainable environmental development within Nigeria and the global arena.

The Society which was first inaugurated on the 17th October, 1985 in Lagos has remained the largest environmental NGO and has grown to 21 branches officially launched in Nigeria. The Society plays an active role in local and international environmental programmes.

Dr. M.B Nuhu said that the National Conference and AGM of the Society serve as an avenue where members meet to share ideas through keynote address, paper presentations and networking. It also feature exhibition of current environmental milestones that are geared towards sustainable development. It also serves as an avenue for the Society to review itself and proffer better ways in conducting its activities.

As part of the conference, according to the LOC chairman, there would also be award presentations to honourary fellows such as Chief Edwin Clark and Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello, Executive Governor of Niger State; including award for green service to Dr. Aisha Bridget and Dr. Amina Abubakar Sani Bello.

Among the special guests expected to grace the occasion are Chief (Dr) Olusegun Obasanjo, Former president, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Executive Governor of Abia State. Mal. Nurudeen Lemu, Director, Research and Training, Islamic Education Trust (IET), Minna, among others.

In his contribution at the briefing, chairman of the state branch of the National Environmental Society (NES), Dr. Abdul Hussaini said that the society has planted over 3,000 trees across the state to enhance green service, better environment and curb desertification.

He affirmed that NES as a premier environmental society serves as watchdog of the environment in Nigeria.