Acceptance Speech of the Newly Elected National President of Nigerian Environmental Society (NES) - Prof Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye (FNES) at the 25thAGM/Annual Conference held on the 4th- 6th November 2015 at owerri
First I want to give God the glory and dedicate my election as National President of NES to Almighty God. The total endorsement of all the chapters and stakeholders is the Lords doing.
Let me specially commend and congratulate our indefatigable, purpose driven Immediate past National President Engr. Olu Andan Wai Ogosu (FNES) who was the “face” of NES at the last National Confab for his enormous, remarkable and outstanding achievements during his tenure as National President. Let me also acknowledge chapter chairmen and members who collectively endorsed me for this position. I commend your sense of purpose, integrity and strong determination to take NES to the next level.
With God on our side and collective resolve of members we shall ensure the perfection passing and ascent of the NIEB bill. Efforts will be made to carry all Chapters along. New and moribund Chapters will be established and revived respectively. NES will expand its frontiers in the areas of international collaborations and partnerships for Grants, Research, Training and Professional Certification.
Working with the Executive, Legislature, Judiciary and MDAs, NES will provide a vibrant platform for advocacy and proactive disposition towards attaining sustainable development Goals (SDG) in the Nigerian Environment. Finally I boldly declare that with the overall support of our distinguished Fellows, the EXCO and Chapters of NES; I will consolidate on the gains of the last admiration and take NES to the Global playing field.
Thank you all.
Prof. Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye (FNES)
National President NES
(Professor of Ecotoxicology & Environmental Forensics)
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration)
University of Benin, Benin City
Edo State, Nigeria
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The Nigerian Environmental Society (NES) with headquarters in Abuja is incorporated in Nigeria as a Professional, non-Profit making, non – Governmental organization which is committed to the protection, development and sustenance of the environment and to the promotion of the profession of Environmental Science and Engineering, both in theory and practice.
NES obtained recognition in 1991 by the Federal government as the “Premier Environmental Society in Nigeria ”, and the “Watchdog of the environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
The Society has been accredited by the United Nations and given UN economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC) status in 1991.
The Society actively in both local and international environmental Programmes, Like the World Environment Day , Earth Day and World Wet Land Day.
The society was duly represented at the epoch-making United Nations Conference on environment and Development (UNCED), popularly referred to as the Earth Summit” held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 3-4 1992
NES participated at the Earth Summit II i.e. World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in Johannesburg, South Africa from August 26th to September 4th 2002
The Society has been formally accorded a place on the National council on Environment and membership of the National Housing Policy Council as well as on the Lagos State Advisory sub-committee (technical) on Environment.Pioneered the (Council of Environmental Practitioner (COEP) to professionalize Environmental practice in Nigeria through National Assembly
The Society has conducted several workshops and public lecture; currently NES published “NES Environmental News” a Quarterly Newsletter and a Journal.
The Society offered useful advice to both Federal and State governments and recognized both corporate bodies and individuals that contribute to the survival of the Society and the preservation of the Nigerian Environment.
Based on our belief in “Catching them young, NES has embarked on the establishment of Environmental Protection Awareness Clubs (EPACs) in primary and secondary schools. Over twenty (20) EPACs have so far been officially launched by NES at the Apostles Church Grammar School Ketu, Lagos, Home Science Association Schools, Ikoyi Lagos, Angus Memorial High School. Yaba, Lagos and Trinity International College, Ikeja, Lagos Grace Children School . Gbagada, Lagos: Grace High School, Gbagada Lagos: Estaport Primary School, Gbagada Lagos just to mention a few. Plans to launch additional EPACs are on going.
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