Under his leadership the forestry association of Nigeria has successfully implemented community-based measures to combat desertification in northern Nigeria.
Philip Rivogbe Kio
Dr. Kio has made significant contributions to knowledge and improvement, both theoretically and practically, of forestry and the ecosystems rainforest and savannah) in Nigeria. His 70 publications help to disseminate his knowledge and skills in these fields.
Nigerian Conservation Foundation
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation is a charitable trust dedicated to the promotion of nature conservation. It launched the "Save the Yankari Game Reserve" campaign in 1984 and established the Lekki Conservation Centre and Nature Reserve as an outdoor laboratory for school children to educate them on important environmental issues in the country. Following recommendations from NCF, the Natural Resources Conservation Council was established and inaugurated by the President in 1991. They have also launched school clubs and a school magazine called Tortoise.
Professor Seth Sunday Ajayi
Professor Ajayi's contributions, nationally and internationally, have enhanced intellectual and scientific approaches to wildlife conservation and training, not only in Nigeria, but throughout Africa.
At the national level, Professor Ajayi was team leader of an expert group, which produced the Action Plan for Conservation of all renewable natural resources in Nigeria. He was also project leader at the National Science and Technology Development Agency of a research project on studies dealing with the domestication and control of wildlife species and their importance in food production and public health.
He was Chairman of the Publicity Sub-Committee of the National Wildlife Conservation Committee and Chairman of the Committee of Wildlife Specialists on the Development of Lake Kainji National Park and representative on the National Wildlife Conservation Committee at the University.
In 1980, while he was a lecturer in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of Ibadan, he fought relentlessly for the creation of a separate Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Management and, subsequently, became the pioneer head of the new department (1981 to 1988). As a result, the Federal and State Governments have given greater attention and support to wildlife conservation in Nigeria.
Ken Saro-Wiwa led the resistance of the Ogoni People against the pollution of their Delta homeland in Nigeria. At all stages of their campaign, Saro-Wiwa advocated peaceful resistance to the forces that would deprive the Ogoni People of a say in the development of their region. As leader of the resistance movement, he knew full well the risks he ran in opposing the Nigerian Government. In November 1995, Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists were executed. Subsequently, the Nigerian regime was roundly condemned by the leaders of the international community. Saro-Wiwa advocated that human rights and the environment are inextricably linked. He sent a message to the world that all peoples have an inalienable right to peacefully protest destructive development.Ken Saro-Wiwa