As a way of restoring the green economy of the Niger Delta and creating an enabling environment for the youths for a sustainable development in the region, a non-governmental organisation “Tilda Goes Green” is set for launch with relevant goals while partnering with corporate bodies and companies to showcase the tourism potentials, culture, heritage and the aesthetics state of the region.
In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP Weekend, Nigerian actress, producer and founder of the organisation, Matilda Gogo Lambert, who hails from Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, said her foundation has a 13-goal agenda with a vision of bringing forth a Green Environment in the light of the growing challenges of the climate changes in the Niger Delta.
According to her, “these goals range from Eco-Culture, Eco-Tourism, Eco- Heritage, Eco-Justice, Eco-Fashion, Eco-Village, Eco-Business, Eco-Education, Eco-Marathon, Eco-Lifestyle, Eco-Innovation, Eco- Sense and Eco- Reel. All these goals will venture into a catch them young project especially in the area of education, innovations, planting of trees and engage the youths in meaningful activities that will better their lives,” she explains.
Tilda goes green intends to catch them young and take the youths off the street from youth restiveness and other social vices.
With a mission of creating sustainable development programmes as to the green creeks of the Niger Delta, the Nollywood actress cum producer said these goals are achievable with the support of some corporate entities that are willing to partner with her foundation to make them a reality.
According to her, Eco-Education will avail the citizens of Niger Delta the much needed recognitions for bright and intelligent youths while encouraging others to stay out of crime and criminality.
In her words:“We intend to go to schools and organise Eco-related quiz competitions, debates, Art Exhibitions etc as a way of giving back to the society”.
Matilda Gogo Lambert also disclosed that her foundation has concluded plans to go into grassroots sport development and organise a marathon race so as to discover fresh talents in athletics. She added that though no date had been fixed the marathon race, the event would take place within the year.
Speaking on what inspired her decision to form the project, Lambert who is the producer of “Deepest Cut” said she was inspired by the oil spillage that occurred in Andoni local government area where she hails from. She said the spillage destroyed the livelihood of her people especially her grandfather who could not go fishing for weeks due to the damage done by the oil spills to the river. Hence, she conceived the idea of floating an NGO that would address the challenges facing her people, and the entire people of the Niger delta.
On his part, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tilda Goes Green Foundation, George Iwo, said the 13 set goals of the NGO was to restore back the green environment of the Niger delta and showcase the culture and tourism potential of the region to the world at large.
Iwo added that Eco-Culture, Eco-Tourism and Eco-Heritage is aimed at making sure the people all over the globe appreciate the culture and heritage of the Niger Delta people and bring them to limelight.