To underscore its commitment to sustainable environmental practices in Nigeria, Suzuki by CFAO, recently hosted a panel session at the Suzuki showroom, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Themed; Going Green: Nigeria’s Path to Sustainable Development. The event was organized in partnership with Fight Against Desert Encroachment (FADE), an international non-governmental organization committed to the prevention and control of environmental degradation and climate change, with an emphasis on desertification and desert encroachment.
Set out to create awareness about environmental issues affecting Nigeria. Its key objective is to engage stakeholders on possible policies and strategies that will enable stakeholders effectively tackle climate change.
“I am delighted to have everyone here to deliberate on such an important part of our lives and our world generally,” said Aissatou Diouf, general manager, CFAO Motors, franchisee of Suzuki brand in Nigeria. We understand that centring sustainability is the pathway forward. This event presents an opportunity to discuss and showcase the promotion of a green and eco-friendly environment in line with our 2050 net-zero carbon emission goal.”
In his remarks, Newton Jibunoh, Founder of FADE Africa and Suzuki by CFAO ambassador, said his exploration going from London to Lagos exposed me to the environment. I saw the ills that plague us, and it changed my life. We need to dedicate ourselves to preserving the future, to be part of the solution, not the problem. Let’s start by planting a tree today.”
The panel session moderated by Oseni Rufia, Host of Arise TV’s morning show also featured notable personalities such as Temitope Okunnu, Founder, FABE International Foundation and CEO of Eco-schools Nigeria; Desmond Majekodunmi, Chairman, Lekki State Urban Forest and Animal Shelter Initiative (LUFASI); Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni, retired diplomat; and Dr Newton Jibunoh, Founder FADE.
According to Ayoola Olukanni, an ambassador , “I strongly recommend that we need a core of young people trained, educated and employed in the Ministry of Environment who are not just officers but policymakers who connect policies to practices”
In attendances were notable personalities and influencers like; Khadijah Okunnu-Lamidi, Female presidential aspirant and CEO of Slice Media; Guillaume le Bourdin, COO, Assene Laborex CFAO; Idowu Thompson, Head Private Banking, First Bank of Nigeria; Tobi Bakre, Actor and influencer; Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori, Content creator and actor amongst many others.
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