An Environmentalist Mr Desmond Majekodunmi, has described Nigeria as a country with one of the richest bio-diversities in the world.
Majekodunmi in an interview with Voice of Nigeria spoke against the backdrop of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on Wednesday May 22, 2013.
“Nigeria’s mangrove is inestimable and our Wetlands are one of the richest bio diverse areas in the world,” he said.
He said that there were different varieties of fish and stockfish and that most of the fishes caught off the shores of the country in the West African region were often bred in the country’s Wetlands.
“ Nigeria should be counting her blessings because the country has one of the richest bio-diversities than most other countries in the world,” he said.
He identified the Mangroove area in Cross Rivers State on the border of Cameroun, the Wetlands in the Niger Delta as some of Nigeria’s rich bio-diversities.
Majekodunmi, who is also a conservation farmer and a Council member of the Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF), advised the country to maximize the rich bio-diversities.
He appealed that the blessing of the diversity should not be thrown away and that steps should be taken to adequately make use of the opportunities provided.
“We shouldn’t throw the blessings away, because unfortunately we are not taking care of the areas that have rich biodiversities ,” he said.
He lamented that there were several pollutions destroying the plant life and animal life in the Niger Delta area.
While condemning the pollution of the Wetlands in the Niger Delta region, the environmentalist called on the Nigerian government to take prompt action to curtail all forms of environmental degradation.
He also cautioned against all forms of deforestation to ensure the preservation of bio-diversity, noting that biological diversity encompassed the plant and animal life.
“ There are so many things the modern world needs from the plant life and animal life world, medicines are there, so we must protect our biodiversity ,” t he Environmentalist insists .
Partnership with communities
Majekodunmi advocated for best practices in environmental protection and suggested that more parks and reserves should be developed in collaboration with communities for sustainability.
Speaking on water security vis-a-vis this year’s IDB’s theme- “ Water and Biodiversity,” he lauded the efforts of the Nigeria Conservation Foundation to construct a reserve in the Niger Delta.
He said that nature-based solution must be evolved in urban planning and called on relevant authorities to construct large canals and effective drainage systems in urban settlements.
In the same vein the environment expert made a case for the use of Nigeria’s diversity “for the common man’s benefits” .
“We should start identifying the resources and extract the products that will be useful from them. One of them is inland farming; Nigeria can be self-sufficient in fish-stock,” he suggested.
‘Water for Life’
The United Nations on the twenty-ninth of December 1993, declared every May 22 as the International Day for Bio-diversity to increase understanding and awareness of issues relating to issues.
The theme was chosen to coincide with the United Nations designation of 2013 as the International year for water Corporation.
Designation of IDB 2013 on the theme of water provides Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the public at large the opportunity to raise awareness about this vital issue, and to increase positive action.
Coincidentally, the period between 2005 and 2015 is the International Decade For Action,”Water for Life”.