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The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and the management of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, have expressed commitment to protect the earth by engaging in relevant research that will address issues of environmental degradation and biodiversity. This was as the university inaugurated the Centre for Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management (CEBCEM) towards making meaningful contributions to the conservation of the environment.

The TETFund Executive Secretary, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa, who was the keynote speaker at the inauguration of the centre, pledged the readiness of the funding agency towards sponsorship of research works to be carried out by the centre, which will support environmental reclamation. While commending the university management for the initiative, Baffa, however, appealed to researchers and other stakeholders including government, civil societies and development partners to strengthen collaboration to address the challenges posed by environmental degradation to the country. According to the TETFund boss, adequate research activities on environmental conservation would ensure sustainable ecosystem and contribute substantially to efforts to reverse the loss of biodiversity,and ensure that effects of climate change are tackled, as well as averted the crisis of degradation of the environment.

He said: “Quality researches will ensure that the crises of degradation of the environment are averted and that the damage the people are doing to the ecosystem must be put to a stop. All these would require a number of actions from a spectrum of stakeholders, including individuals, communities, government, multinationals and civil societies, among others.

“The first thing is advocacy; people must be aware of the threats that our planet is facing, and they must appreciate that these threats are real. The people must know what factors are contributing to these challenges, and these are what this centre has promised to do. We will support it.” Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said the birth of the centre would add value to the nation’s research efforts and contribute greatly to the conservation of the environment.

He stressed: “What we want to achieve with the establishment of this centre is to initiate demand-driven research in order to assist communities and the nation on food security, environmental conservation and to also conduct research that will make us to see the potentials that are inherent in the environment for the people to tap into.”

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