The Bassey Andah Foundation is set to hold the 18th edition of the memorial lecture on January 21, 2017 at the Transcorp Hotels, Calabar, Cross River State.
In a statement, the organisers said this year’s annual lecture with the theme ‘The Nigerian Environment: A Threatened Heritage’, is designed to address the Nigerian environment that is continuously and uniquely threatened by poor regulations, laws and practices, as well as lost traditional values.
“With unique challenges arising from deforestation, desertification, diverse forms of erosion, industrial and domestic pollution, the Nigerian environment is rapidly being pushed to a tipping point.”
The organisers stated that eminent scholars and personalities have been lined up as keynote speakers for this year’s event. They are: Professor of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Forensics, Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, who is the deputy vice-chancellor (administration) University of Benin and President of the Nigerian Environmental Society; as well as the Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and Coordinator, Oilwatch International, Nnimmo Bassey.
The event will be chaired by Professor Oladele Osibanjo, the Executive Director, Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the African Region.
The statement added that The Bassey Andah Foundation is driven by passion, wisdom and knowledge inspired by Professor Bassey Andah, who in his lifetime was a thorough bred scholar and teacher and astute university administrator.
Andah died on December 22, 1997, but lives on in the lives of those he left behind.