Mr Harry Hanson Jr. Project Officer of adejia-Nguru Wetlands, Yobe, stated this in a virtual commemoration ceremony of International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) on Wednesday in Abuja.
Harry explained that first Saturday of September every year, is celebrated as International Vulture Awareness Day, adding that this year`s theme is: History and Importance of this Day.
He noted that in 2019 edition of the IVAD event, it was celebrated with fun fair
He added that in the 2019, environmental conservation stakeholders and young people of school age were gathered in Sokoto, Kano and Yobe states respectively, to create awareness of the event.
He added that this year was different due to COVID – 9 pandemic.
According to him, vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face wide range of threats in many areas.
“Vultures are under pressure and some species of these misunderstood birds are facing extinction.
“This IVAD day does not only raise awareness about vulture numbers, but also educates the general public on the importance of vulture.
“Vultures play an essential role in the ecology and environment.
“If I may ask this question, what will happen if there are no vulture, well, the answer is that we will no longer enjoy the free ecological service that vulture provided.
“Dead animals will pollute both our water and environment, vultures eat the dead carcass of the animals which if not eaten can pollute the environment.
“There will be also loss of cultural value and heritage in our environment,’’ he said.
Harry however called on government at all levels, relevant stakeholders and Nigerians at large to create effective awareness on the importance of vulture in any given environment.
He said that the objective of the organisation was to preserve the full range of Nigeria’s biodiversity which includes species, ecosystem, and genetic diversity.
He added that the organisation was committed to promote the sustainable use of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations and advocate actions that minimise pollution and wasteful utilisation of renewable resources.
Mr Sulaiman Mohammad, Biological Science Department, Federal University Dutse (FUD), said that vultures provide critical important ecosystem services by cleaning up carcasses and other organic waste in the environment.
Mohammad said that any environment without vultures, the carcasses would enhance easy spread of diseases in both wild and domestic animals as well as pathogenic risks to human.
Mr Abubakar Ringim, also a lecturer from FUD, said that over 14 of 23 (60 per cent) of vulture worldwide were threatened with extinction.
Ringim said that vulture decline began since 19 century in Europe and North America, adding that about a hundred year ago, some populations of bearded vulture and the California condor were already near extinction.
He said that about seven of Africa`s vultures species were on the verge of complete disappearance.
“Specifically, populations of eight species in Africa has shown 62 per cent decline, seven declined by more than 80 per cent, threats were many and varied from region to region’’.
Meanwhile, according to report in biological conservation, the primary threat to vultures is the presence of toxins in the carrion they consume.
Edited By: Obike Ukoh
Ogun community lauds Airtel for restoring electricity 15 years after disconnection
The residents of Isokan in Ogun on Monday commended Airtel Nigeria for assisting in restoring electricity, 15 years after the community was thrown into darkness.
Airtel said in a statement that Isokan community had been disconnected from public power grid since 2005 due to equipment failure.
The telco said the situation of the Isokan community was brought to its attention via Airtel Touching Lives initiative which prompted the company to intervene.
“The story was featured in an episode of the television programme, ‘Airtel Touching Lives’, which aired earlier in the year on national TV.
‘It showed community members narrating how livelihoods had been adversely impacted over the years, throwing homes, families and businesses in distress,” it said.
According to the statement, during the moving episode, Airtel pledged to support the community with the sum of N7 million to bankroll the electrification project which had been abandoned due to lack of funds.
It said the telco had since delivered on its promise, restoring power to the community following the erection of 29 utility poles and connection of the high tension and low tension cables to the main power grid transformer.
The people of Isokan community commended Airtel for restoring their long lost hope and giving hundreds of families a chance at a better life as businesses could now thrive with the prospect of stable electricity, it said.
Commenting, Secretary, Electrification of Isokan Community, Mr Bamidele Moses, said the intervention was life-changing.
He lauded Airtel for truly touching the lives of those in dire need without fanfare.
“Airtel Touching Lives has really touched our lives beyond our imagination. It still feels unreal because we have been in this situation for so long and nobody came to our rescue.
“I just want to thank Airtel for such generosity. This means so much to the people of Isokan. May God bless Airtel always,” Moses said.
Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, Airtel Nigeria, Emeka Oparah, said: “Airtel is committed to creating opportunities for Nigerians and providing platforms that will make lives better.
“The Airtel Touching Lives initiative has a singular vision of providing relief for communities and individuals who require them.
“We are excited that life has returned to the Isokan Community and we will not relent in our efforts of reaching out to underprivileged persons and communities across the country,” he said.
Airtel Touching Lives is an inspiring CSR initiative that seeks to offer relief, succor, hope, opportunities and credible platforms to liberate and empower the underprivileged.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Netflix announces new original contents from Nigeria
Netflix, the world’s leading Internet entertainment service, has announced new Nigerian original series in the pipeline plus three new Nigerian branded films licensed to Netflix.
Ben Amadasun, Netflix Director of Licensing and Co-Productions in Africa, announced this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria .
The three anticipated Nigerian films by some of Nigeria’s prolific filmmakers – Mo Abudu, Kunle Afolayan and Kemi Adetiba – are set to premiere on Netflix.
They include Òlòtūré, the story of a young female journalist who goes undercover as a prostitute to expose a human trafficking syndicate.
Set in Lagos, Nigeria, Òlòtūré is part of Netflix’s partnership with Mo Abudu and her production company, Ebonylife.
It is directed by Kenneth Gyang, and is expected to launch globally on Oct. 2.
There is also “Citation”, directed by Kunle Afolayan and produced by Golden Effects Pictures, which will also launch globally on Nov. 6.
King of Boys II is the sequel to Kemi Adetiba’s 2018 crime thriller and which launches globally in the first half of 2021.
Amadasun says “these Netflix Original films demonstrate how we’re building a home for the best-in-class Nigerian content for our members in Nigeria and beyond.’’
Amadasun said that the Netflix Original films demonstrated how Netflix was building a home for the best-in-class Nigerian content for audiences in Nigeria and beyond.
“It is amazing to see how Nigerian films and series resonate with audiences around the world.
“ By making it easy for people to watch films and shows from other countries, we can help them build empathy and develop a shared understanding of the world,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dorothy Ghettuba, the Lead for African Originals at Netflix, said that the new series and films were at different stages of production while others were ready to premiere.
She said that Netflix was encouraged by abundant talents in the country to work with Nigerian content providers to produce original contents for global audience.
“Netflix is proud to continue to invest in more original content from Nigeria.
`We are also thrilled to grow our existing creative partnerships while forming new ones.
“They will join people like Mo Abudu, Kemi Adetiba and Kunle Afolayan to bring more Nigerian stories onto the service.
“We look forward to partnering with the Inkblot team to bring this exciting young adult series to life.
“They will join the growing slate of Nigerian content on the service and debut to 193 million members in 190 countries around the world,’’ she said.
NAN reports that Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
NCPC boss honours Bauchi, celebrates ‘Word Peace Day’ in the state
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, on Monday commended people of Bauchi state for living in peace regardless of their differences.
Speaking when he visited Gov. BalaMohammed, Pam said he was impressed by the peaceful atmosphere and had therefore decided to visit the state to celebrate the. ‘ World Peace Day’ there.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the United Nations has designated Sept. 21 of every year as ‘World Peace Day’ aimed at strengthening the ideals of peace.
He said that considering the peaceful nature of Bauchi, others needed to emulate the people and the state governor , whom he said never discriminated against followers of any faith.
He described Gov Mohammed as a ‘pilgrims-friendly, Chief Executive considering his inclusiveness and generosity, especially his administration resilience and fairness in appointing Christians into positions.
In his remarks, the governor commended the Christian community in the state for maintaining peace, unity and brotherhood, which further promoted and consolidated the fraternal relationship between Christian and Moslems.
He expressed delight that the state had remained peaceful and stable, just as he commended the state chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) for being proactive.
The governor pledged to increase the number of slots for indigent Christians performing pilgrimage, from the initial 100.
Mohammed, who declined to disclose the number of increment in the seats, urged Christians to always pray for peace and stability of the state and Nigeria at large .
He said that he was highly delighted to receive the Secretary, expressing confidence that the commission would benefit from the dynamic leadership of Pam..
Edited By: Remi Koleoso
NSCDC prevents thieves from diverting 1,100 litres of PMS across border
The Commandant of NSCDC, Lagos State, Mr Iskil Makinde, at the display of the exhibits in Lagos on Monday said that the thieves were arrested in their boat while they were carting away the product to Benin Republic from Badagary where it was siphoned.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Makinde assumed duty in Lagos on Aug. 24 following a posting order dated Aug. 17 from Commandant -General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Mohammadu.
The Commandant said that the incident happened on Sept. 20 and that the products were stocked in polythene bags and kegs.
According to him at the parade, all attempts to stop the culprits initially proved abortive.
“ However, a hot pursuit by the NSCDC marine corps of the thieves made them abandoned the boat in which the products were loaded and jumped into the sea to escape,” he said.
Makinde said that other exhibits recovered at the scene include a wooden canoe which cracked in the course of bringing it to the shore.
“ Also recovered is a 740 HP Yamaha engine used to power the boat,” he said.
The commandant said that the corps would not condone any act of criminality in the state.
“The corps is also assuring the residents of Lagos State of peaceful environment as its personnel are set of ridding the state of all criminal elements,” he said
Edited By: Peter Dada