Ikeazor joins Leadership Council of Elephant Protective Initiative Foundation
Sharon Ikeazor, the Honourable Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, has joined the Leadership Council of the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) Foundation.
This was announced in a statement issued to the press and signed by the Director (Press & Public Relations), Deworitshe Patricia on Sunday.
GbaramatuVoice writes that the United Kingdom based foundation is working alongside United Nations Environment Assembly that to secure the harmonious coexistence of people and elephants with herds able to travel across their range, strengthening actions for nature to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, combat climate change and support local livelihoods.
Other members of the Leadership Council include, The Former President of Botswana, Ian Khama, The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Fatima Maada Bio, The Former First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, and Gabon’s Minister of Forests, Oceans, Environment and Climate Change, Lee White.
Sharon Ikeazor, who accepted the invitation recently from the Foundation’s Board to join the Leadership Council, assured that he will support on steering wildlife conservation policy from within a unique alliance of African countries
She disclosed that EPI is dedicated to conserving elephants and ensuring a better future for people who live near them, “and I wholeheartedly share those objectives”.
Welcoming Ikeazor to the Leadership Council, the EPI Foundation’s CEO, John Scanlon A.O, stated that the Leadership Council provides guidance and advice to the Foundation, which comprised eminent African politicians and conservationists.
John made it clear that the EPI Foundation established in 2014 by the leaders of Botswana, Chad, Ethiopia, Gabon and Tanzania, serves as the secretariat to the EPI, an alliance of 22 African countries with common policies on elephant conservation. Nigeria joined in 2018.
He further commended the Minister for being dedicated and highly effective in office, noting that her vast expertise and inspiring vision would be invaluable to the EPI Foundation.