Lagos - Five local environmental conservation projects have received a major boost after Ford Motors, the American leading automobile company, committed $25 000 for such projects.
This would enable them carry out their missions of environmental protection, education, and conservation.
The winning projects are the Nigerian Montane Forest Project (Taraba State), Department of Animal Production & Health, Federal University of Technology (Ondo State), Save Environment and Health Organisation (Lagos State), RECTAS Obafemi Awolowo University Campus (Osun State) and the Stand out for Environment Restoration (SOFER) Initiative in Akwa Ibom State.
Each projects received $5 000.
“The programme is one of the many ways Ford goes further to preserve the environment and to improve quality of life in the communities in which we operate” Ford stated.
“The deserving projects boast of diverse range of themes – from the conservation of Nigeria’s montane forests with its unique plants and animals to conversion of citrus wastes (peels & pulps) into poultry feeds. All projects fall within the environmental category of the grants programme, which focus on enhancing public awareness/enlightenment of educational and conservation initiatives.”
An independent panel of jurors consisting of experts, the media, Ford dealers and academics from environmental agencies and institutions selected the winning projects.
The Ford Grants follows the Henry Ford European Conservation Awards (now Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants), which was originated in Britain in the early 1980s with the vision of encouraging a wide range of projects that support, preserve or restore the local environment, heritage and natural resources.
Since its launch in 1983, Ford has awarded more than $5 million in grants to thousands of environmental projects in 60 countries throughout Asia, the Caribbean, Central America and the Middle East.
– CAJ News