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CleanEdge’s Graduate School of Sustainability

Deadline: September 20, 2018

CleanEdge’s Graduate School of Sustainability (SoS) 2018 is open for application. The School offers a unique and extraordinary experience of shared learning and a journey to self-discovery. It is a place to spur inspiration, ignite ideas, and inculcates skills alongside like-minded individuals who will become lifetime friends.

CleanEdge’s Graduate School of Sustainability 2018 brings together change makers from nook and cranny of Nigeria to re-connect with nature, people, and communities and become the next Sustainability Fellows.

CleanEdge’s Graduate School of Sustainability 2018 revolves around 5 days online training, 5 days classroom experience designed to give you new ideas, network and inspiration followed by 4-8wks internship placement. It is an opportunity to see, feel and know more about sustainability.

The School of Sustainability’s mission

To develop a new set of sustainable development professionals by bringing together problem solvers and people from multiple disciplines to proffer practical solutions to the most pressing development challenges.

Expected Impact

The program at CleanEdge’s SOS is developed to provide professional training to create the next generation of sustainability leaders. To satisfy the type of education that will translate to the real world, hands – on experience and application. Learning and doing are linked components in the School, as students benefit from full interaction with their curriculum as well as through projects and immersion programs and community involvement. The goal of the CleanEdge’s SoS is to allow students to make in impact in the world

Enrollment Requirements

Applicants for CleanEdge’s SoS must be a graduate of a reputable institution. Final year student with proven track record of leadership are equally encouraged to apply

Sustainability School is for all those interested in self-discovery, adventure and career in  development

Benefits:

  • Collaboration & internship – fellows will be peered with business or organizations relating to their skills, passion or career path they hope to pursue in development
  • Our fellows will work as interns in the organizations of their peer collaborators after one week in-house training, for duration of 4 weeks to 8 weeks depending on the fellows’ desire.
  • Mentorship – in partnership with Micro-mentor organization, Fellows are peered with mentors with similar goals to help guide and inspire them in their choice career path.
  • Network & International Exposure – fellows are exposed to a global network of change makers and community builders in sustainability.
  • Graduate will be inducted into Green Fellows of Nigeria where they will get periodic training and career advancement opportunities
  • Increased job prospect as well as employment opportunities
  • Certificate of participation

Program Fee: Free

Acceptance Fee:  N15, 000 (50% scholarships available based on ability and commitment to impact after training).

Note: Only quality application will be selected

How to Apply:

Click here to apply

For more information, click here 

CleanEdge’s Call for Internship

Deadline: 31 August, 2018

According to NBS, youth unemployment rate in Nigeria increased to 33.10 percent in the third quarter of 2017 from 29.50 percent in the second quarter of 2017. Youth Unemployment Rate in Nigeria averaged 21.73 percent from 2014 until 2017, reaching an all-time high of 33.10 percent in the third quarter of 2017 and a record low of 11.70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014.

It is against this background that Our Organization, CleanEdge Exclusive Solutions, as one of its mandates and in collaboration with Manufacturer Association of Nigeria (MAN), Oyo State Chapter proposed and developed CleanEdge’s Internship Program to bridge the skill gap among unemployed and underemployed and to enable youth take up existing jobs in various sectors of the economy.

The Internship will be:

  • A 2-3 months structured work experience related to a graduate’s major and/or career goal
  • Unpaid and full-time
  • Give candidates an opportunity to develop employability skills which are often vital in securing employment
  • At industries domiciled in Oyo State

Objectives
At the End of the program, interns would:

  • Have gained valuable applied work experience;
  • Have been exposed to possible niche of entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Become more employable, having strengthened their professional skills and interpersonal relationships in a structured setting.

Minimum Qualification

  • Graduates with minimum of university degree or Higher National Diploma from a reputable institution
  • Age range of 21 – 35yrs
  • Candidate must have completed their one year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
  • Excellent communication, writing and oral skills
  • Very strong IT/Office automated tools skills
  • Ability to integrate quickly with existing team so that maximum contribution to team goals can be quickly achieved.
  • Strong numerical & analytical skills
  • Ability to quickly learn about new products and technologies
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision
  • A master’s degree is an added advantage

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on meeting the minimum eligibility criteria and candidate will be evaluated on their capacity for analysis, decision-making and creating workable solutions, as well as their drive, enthusiasm, resilience and confidence.

How to Apply:

Click here to apply

For more information, visit www.cleanedge.com.ng

CleanEdge’s Made History on 1st Annual Youth Summit on Environment

10th July marked the 1st Annual National Youth Summit on Environment hosted by CleanEdge Exclusive Solutions CESDEV, 20 Awolowo Avenue, Old Bodija Ibadan, Oyo State. It was attended by over 200 participants comprising of young leaders from different parts of Nigeria. The main aim of the summit was to bring young people working towards addressing environmental challenges in Nigeria while building their network in the environmental space. The summit, which was organized to build the capacity of young people in tapping into opportunities in Environmental Space had in attendance several advocates for safe environment, most notably of them was Professor Oladele Osibanjo who delivered the keynote address at the end of which he was honoured with a standing ovation.

PARTNERS

  • DEPSA – Development Practice Students Association
  • CESDEV – Centre for Sustainable Development
  • SDG Youth Nigeria
  • Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGOs)
  • Ibadan Volunteers Hub
  • NextGen Africa Initiative
  • WestAfrica ENRG

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Prof. Oladele Osibanjo

PANELIST

  • Olawale Olayide (Research Fellow and Sub-dean at Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan)
  • Tunde Agboola (Founder of Sunplus Energy System Ltd)
  • Gboyega Olurunfemi (Founder of Enviromax Global Resources Limited)
  • Kayode Alabi (Founder of Kayfactor Leadership and Career Academy (KLCA))
  • Joshua Alade ( Youth Social Worker of NexGen Africa Initiative)
  • Atinuke Lebile ( Co-Founder of CATO Foods)
  • Emmanuel Falude ( Serial Entrepreneur and Leading voice in Environmental Space)
  • Adewole Taiwo ( Executive Director RecyclePoints Nigeria and Executive Director of WasteAid Nigeria)
  • Pelumi Aribisala (Vibrant Sustainable Agriculture Expert)
  • Mike Oladipo (Founder and CEO of Heros Nation)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The keynote address was given by Prof. Oladele Osibanjo on the role of young people in providing solutions to environmental challenges. He spoke about the power young people have in influencing political decisions, stating that it is important to ask politicians what their agenda is for the environment. He further mentioned that the action of CleanEdge Solution is timely as he emphasized the environmental challenges in Nigeria such as industrial pollution, chemical and oil pollution, flood and erosion, land degradation, weak environmental governance system, inadequate pollution control regulation and the impact it has on the health and environment. He said that waste is a valuable resource for the right place and also a valuable resource for the future. The speaker ended the address by encouraging the youth to act now and further stating that the environment is our legacy and we must not degrade it.

FIRST PANEL SESSION

Topic: Volunteerism in Environmental Space, Building a Research Career in Environmental Sector, Role of Volunteerism in Career Building

SECOND PANEL SESSION

Topic: Climate Smart Buildings, Tapping in Recycling Opportunities, Sustainable Agriculture, The Role of perseverance in Entrepreneurship and Tapping into Renewable Energy Opportunities.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE SUMMIT

  • Opportunities to collaborate and work with like minds
  • Better education on waste reduction, proper waste disposal and recycling techniques
  • Build capacity for young entrepreneurs to solve water issues in the state
  • Mentor-Mentee Opportunities for participants
  • Funding for climate-smart businesses
  • Internship/Work experience opportunities
  • Foster partnership among different sectors in the environmental space and other sectors
  • Promote the role of youth groups, policy makers. Civil society and the media in environmental practice

SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT AND REACH

QUOTES AND FEEDBACK FROM PANELISTS AND PARTICIPANTS

From @taiwoadewole: It was great time speaking at the 1st National Youth Summit Environment organized by @Tpaeyne @CleanEdgeng in Ibadan. It was great opportunity for youths to tap into the waste recycling business and intiatives

From @aremuoropo: Glad to have participated and moderated a panel session today @CleanEdgeng’s Youth Summit on Environment today. Great people and quality engagement. Collaboration is the new competition.

From Chinonso Onwunali: The summit opened me up to diverse opportunities that can be tapped into. My take home from the summit will help me in starting up and creating a sustainable model for my social enterprise.

SUMMIT GALLERY

Keynote Speaker Prof. Oladele Osibanjo with the Founders of CleanEdge Solutions and Conveners of the Summit

Dr. Olawale Olayide during the Panel Session

Cross-Section of the 1st Panel Session

Mr. Adewole Taiwo during his presentation

Cross section of Participants at the Summit

Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development during his Remarks

Participants during a Group Photo Session

Participant at Point of Registration

Participants at Lunch

Cross-Section of the 2nd Panel Session

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Carpet Session

Red Carpet Session

Previous Projects

Save the Environment Campaign 2017

Despite being one of the early developed states in Nigeria, Oyo state, especially Ibadan, battles the problem of waste management. On the street and in drainage systems, it is common to find wastes sporadically and indiscriminately dumped. This poses great risks to both human and environmental health. One of the ways of addressing this is through proper waste management education. It was against this backdrop that CleanEdge Solution designed a state-wide environmental campaign to instil a sense of respect for the environment in secondary school students. The CleanEdge Team went to Methodist High School, Ojunrin, Bodija Ibadan on October 4, 2017 for a pilot campaign on environmental education. Having successfully interacted with the students and donated some sanitation kits to the school, the main campaign began on October 17 and ended November 30, 2017.

 

The project reached about 60 secondary schools, more than 20,000 students in about 12 local governments.  Part of the local government covered was Ibadan North, Akinyele, Ido, Oyo West, Ibadan North East and many more

CleanEdge Solution was able to achieve this through their network of over 60 volunteers. The volunteers have in turn benefited has many have been considered for Barack Obama’s Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI), RLC, Accra Ghana while many other have been considered for several  leadership and volunteering programs of which Women Deliver Conference is one.

The campaign which is set to be a continuous process impacted and transformed so many lives

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SUMMIT TITLE: 1ST ANNUAL YOUTH SUMMIT ON ENVIRONMENT

Theme: Waste and Environmental Challenges: The Role of Young People In Providing Solutions

PARTNERS

  • DEPSA – Development Practice Students Association
  • CESDEV – Centre for Sustainable Development
  • SDG Youth Nigeria
  • Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGOs)
  • Ibadan Volunteers Hub
  • NextGen Africa Initiative
  • WestAfrica ENRG

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Prof. Oladele Osibanjo

PANELIST

  • Olawale Olayide (Research Fellow and Sub-dean at Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan)
  • Tunde Agboola (Founder of Sunplus Energy System Ltd)
  • Gboyega Olurunfemi (Founder of Enviromax Global Resources Limited)
  • Kayode Alabi ((Founder of Kayfactor Leadership and Career Academy (KLCA))
  • Joshua Alade ( Youth Social Worker of NexGen Africa Initiative)
  • Atinuke Lebile ( Co-Founder of CATO Foods)
  • Emmanuel Falude ( Serial Entrepreneur and Leading voice in Environmental Space)
  • Adewole Taiwo ( Executive Director RecyclePoints Nigeria and Executive Director of WasteAid Nigeria)
  • Pelumi Aribisala (Vibrant Sustainable Agriculture Expert)
  • Mike Oladipo (Founder and CEO of Heros Nation)

This report summarizes proceedings of the first National Youth Summit on Environment which was conducted on the 10th of July, 2018 at CESDEV, 20 Awolowo Avenue, Old Bodija Ibadan, Oyo State. It was attended by a total of 180 participants comprising of young leaders from different parts of Nigeria. The main aim of the summit was to bring young people working towards addressing environmental challenges in Nigeria while building their network in the environmental space

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The keynote address was given by Prof. Oladele Osibanjo on the role of young people in providing solutions to environmental challenges. He spoke about the power young people have in influencing political decisions, stating that it is important to ask politicians what their agenda is for the environment. He further mentioned that the action of CleanEdge Solution is timely as he emphasized the environmental challenges in Nigeria such as industrial pollution, chemical and oil pollution, flood and erosion, land degradation, weak environmental governance system, inadequate pollution control regulation and the impact it has on the health and environment. He said that waste is a valuable resource for the right place and also a valuable resource for the future. The speaker ended the address by encouraging the youth to act now and further stating that the environment is our legacy and we must not degrade it.

FIRST PANEL SESSION

Topic: Volunteerism in Environmental Space, Building a Research Career in Environmental Sector, Role of Volunteerism in Career Building

SECOND PANEL SESSION

Topic: Climate Smart Buildings, Tapping in Recycling Opportunities, Sustainable Agriculture, The Role of perseverance in Entrepreneurship and Tapping into Renewable Energy Opportunities.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE SUMMIT

  • Opportunities to collaborate and work with like minds
  • Better education on waste reduction, proper waste disposal and recycling techniques
  • Build capacity for young entrepreneurs to solve water issues in the state
  • Mentor-Mentee Opportunities for participants
  • Funding for climate-smart businesses
  • Internship/Work experience opportunities
  • Foster partnership among different sectors in the environmental space and other sectors
  • Promote the role of youth groups, policy makers. Civil society and the media in environmental practice

SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT AND REACH

QUOTES AND FEEDBACK FROM PANELISTS AND PARTICIPANTS

From @taiwoadewole: It was great time speaking at the 1st National Youth Summit Environment organized by @Tpaeyne @CleanEdgeng in Ibadan. It was great opportunity for youths to tap into the waste recycling business and intiatives

From @aremuoropo: Glad to have participated and moderated a panel session today @CleanEdgeng’s Youth Summit on Environment today. Great people and quality engagement. Collaboration is the new competition.

From Chinonso Onwunali: The summit opened me up to diverse opportunities that can be tapped into. My take home from the summit will help me in starting up and creating a sustainable model for my social enterprise.

SUMMIT GALLERY

Keynote Speaker Prof. Oladele Osibanjo with the Founders of CleanEdge Solutions and Conveners of the Summit

Dr. Olawale Olayide during the Panel Session

Cross-Section of the 1st Panel Session

Mr. Adewole Taiwo during his presentation

Cross section of Participants at the Summit

Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development during his Remarks

Participants during a Group Photo Session

Participant at Point of Registration

Participants at Lunch

Cross-Section of the 2nd Panel Session

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Carpet Session

Red Carpet Session

Summit 2018

Theme: Waste and Environmental Challenges: The Role of young people in providing solutions

Environmental issues continue to dominate our discussions and consciousness as it is now clear that the physical, chemical as well as the biological integrity of our planet is being compromised daily. The destructive processes are not only continuous but are increasing both in quantum and in rate. While some of the impacts such as loss of biodiversity might be gradual, there are hosts of communities around the world today that are being consumed by coastal and gully erosion, sea incursion, bush fires etc. with lives and billions of dollars’ worth of properties being lost.

CleanEdge Solutions initiative intends to solve these challenges by utilizing the 3Rs of waste management (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). We hope to address waste issues through our lines of actions: Waste Education, Waste Collection and Waste House. And in the last couple of months, we have been thoroughly involved in waste education exercise across Oyo State which we called “Save the Environment Campaign” where we educated secondary school student on waste disposal practices and how best they can save their environment. We have been able to achieve this through our network of over 50 volunteers. And as we write this, the campaign reached about 50 schools and 20, 000 students.

1st Annual National Youth Summit on Environment, which is the first of its kind, is designed to bring about 200 stakeholders together to provide solutions to menace of environmental challenges rocking Nigeria. On summit day, we will build capacity of young people looking at environmental problems, proffer workable solutions, build capacity of young people to establish climate-friendly smart businesses and provide mentor-mentee relationship with industry experts.

The summit will be covered by Prints media (Tribune, Vanguard and BluePrints Newspaper), Broadcast Media (BCOS, Splash FM and Diamond FM), and online media (educeleb, DevcomNigeria, The Transverse, Africannews, The Nigeria Focus,  The News Cable etc.)

Contact: info@cleanedge.com.ng

Date and Venue

Date: July 10, 2018

Time: 9:00AM

Venue: Bamigboye Hall, Centre for Sustainable Development, Awolowo Road, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Key Outcome

  • Better education on waste reduction, proper waste disposal and recycling techniques
  • Build capacity for young entrepreneurs to solve waste issues in the state
  • Mentor-Mentee Opportunities
  • Funding for climate-smart businesses
  • Internship/Work Experience
  • Foster partnership among different sectors in environmental space and other sectors
  • Promote the role of Youth groups, Policy Makers, Civil Society and the Media in Environmental practice.

Meet our Speakers

Prof. Oladele Osibanjo

He is a renowned Environmental Consultant to the Federal Ministry of Environment, National Environmental Standards Regulations and Enforcement Agency (NESREA), National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), and many State Ministries of Environment/Environmental Protection Agencies, as well as industry. Prof Osibanjo is a Fellow, Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN), Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON), Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN) and not the least, Institute of Quality Assurance of Nigeria (IQAN). He has graduated over 200 MSc students and 27 PhD students and has over 150 publications to his credit as international journal articles, chapters in books, and commissioned technical reports. Prof Osibanjo is the Chairman, Jawura Environmental Services Limited, the first environmental consultancy company to be accredited in 1992 by the defunct Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA) which metamorphosed into Federal Ministry of Environment in 1999.

Adewole Taiwo

Adewole Taiwo
He was the winner of Rehab Plus Innovation. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Taiwo Adewole and Associates Limited, Executive Director RecyclePoints Nigeria, Executive Director WasteAid Nigeria. Executive Director of Sustainable Waste Recycling Community of Nigeria and a Consultant to Richflood International Limited, and Executive Director of International Promotion of Youth LTD/GTE. He was speaker at the UNFCCC COP18 and Paper presenter at the Just concluded 1st and 2nd National Sustainable Waste Management Conference organized by Intermarc Consulting

 

Olawale Emmanuel Olayide

He is a Research Fellow and the sub-Dean at the University of Ibadan Centre for Sustainable Development. He has served as Research Fellow with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria, and as Research Consultant to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA. He is well published in local & international peer-reviewed journals in the areas of agriculture, climate change, circular economy and sustainability. He is the Principal Investigator of the Carbon Offset Project – Africa (COP-Africa). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Business Strategy and Development journal published by Wiley and Guest Editor for the Journal of Cleaner Production published by Elsevier. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the International Sustainable Development Research Society  (ISDRS) and the Chairperson of the ISDRS Thematic Working Group on Africa. He is a member of the African Union Commission Expert Team on the Malabo Declaration Biennial Reporting Process and the Africa Agriculture Transformation Scorecard. Olawale is a life coach and motivational speaker. He is the President/Founder of Interconnections for Making Africa Great, Empowered and Sustainable (IMAGES).

Pelumi Aribisala, a microbiologist, agropreneur and motivational speaker. He is a value chain and food product development expert. He is the founder of OGUNMOD FARMERS ACADEMY and Chief Executive Officer of OGUNMOD FARMS & FARMERS’ ACADEMY. He is a co-founder of CATO Foods & Agroallied Global Concepts. He is a public speaker and trainer. He consults for the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Youth Service Corps. He consults for HarvestPlus Nigeria on Bio-fortified Vitamin A Cassava Project. He was a lead youth representative and speaker at the 1st African Agribusiness Incubation Network Nairobi Kenya. He is a member of the Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa. He has won several grants and awards including YOUWIN. He is an advocate of climate smart agriculture. He is a resource person for several organizations and religious bodies in the area of agriculture, agribusiness, entrepreneurship development and capacity building. He was a guest minister at the 2016 and 2017 Holyghost Congress of the Redeemed Christian Church of God where he trained thousands on agriculture value chain.

Rolake Bello

Rolake “Rolly” Bello
She is a multiple award winning radio journalist currently working for Fresh 105.9Fm Ibadan. She is passionate about social issues and uses her platform to educate and empower her listeners on issues affecting them and the society. She co-owns an Upcycling company that focuses on turning trash to treasure; she is passionate about the environment and aims to educate people about pollution and its effects on the environment.

 

 

Mike Oladipo

Mike Oladipo (MO)
He is a business coach, leadership consultant, brand developer, singer, radio and TV host, author and a nation builder. He is the founder and CEO of the Takeover Generation Network known as Heroes Nation – www.tgnheroesnation.com. He has written over 40 books, and created over 3000 wisdom pills (quotes). Within the last 3 months, he has trained over 2000 young leaders across 40 African countries through his monthly masterclasses

 

 

Emmanuel Falude

Emmanuel Falude
He is a serial entrepreneur and a leading voice in the areas of Sustainable low income Housing, environmental education/advocacy, energy efficiency, youth entrepreneurship, servant leadership. He was 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, Chattered Architect and a sustainability leader by the faculty of supply chain management at Rutgers University, U.S.A. He co-founded in 2013 – a Hybrid organization which provides affordable and sustainable housing solution in sub-Sahara Africa

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Atinuke Lebile

Atinuke Lebile
She is a Strategist Officer for Ogunmod Farms and Farmers’ Academy and the COO of Cato Foods and Agro-allied Global Concepts. She is also the Director of La’luce Foods and Integrated Services. She is a founder of MAGIC (Mentor A Girl Child) and SheAgric Initiatives. Atinuke holds a certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship from Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana USA and her organization has benefitted from several funding including YOUWIN, USADF, and OVATION/ESTHER AJAYI FOUNDATION etc.

 

 

 

 

Gboyega Olorunfemi

Gboyega Olorunfemi
He is a self-motivated environmental and community development enthusiast and currently a retail expert with over 10 years’ experience with both local and international banks in the core area of Relationship Management, Business Development, Mortgage, Investment and Portfolio Management. . He is a distinguished SDG Academy alumni and Founder of the Enviromax Global Resources Limited, an integrated environmental company.

 

 

Olumide Idowu

Olumide Idowu
He is an energetic and strategic leader who balances a practical view of competing development interests with a passion for environmental protection and conservation. He is a self-driven professional with ten years’ progressive experience in environmental sustainability. He has been instrumental in the development of social change initiatives, serving as a volunteer, mentor and strategist. He is the co-founder of Climate Wednesday.

 

 

 

Oyindamola Aramide

She works as a communication officer at the Nigeria Network of NGOs where she provides strategic communications support on the Network’s projects and programmes. She currently leads the African Monitor’s SDGs project on the citizens’ report in Nigeria. With a background in communications from Obafemi Awolowo University, Oyindamola has several communications products to her credit.

 

 

Joshua Alade

Joshua Alade
He is a youth social worker and the Community Evangelist of NextGen Africa Initiative. He is also the Project Coordinator of the Nigerian Youth SDGs Network, a national coalition of youth led/focus civil society organizations driving accountability and local advocacy for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Joshua speaks to young people and adults to help them think and handle issues they face in everyday life from academics, work, and career.

 

 

Hammed Kayode Alabi
He is an Educator, Career Coach, and SDGs Youth Champion. He is the founder of Kayfactor Leadership and Career Academy (KLCA). He is a fellow of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI), a program of the U.S consulate in Lagos that brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills and experience to design and implement projects that have a positive impact on Nigerian society.

 

 

 

Chidinma Gloria Okpara

Her public policy life started as an intern at the Nigeria Network of NGOs where she worked on the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) supported project around non-profit, Money laundering and  counter terrorism financing. She also worked on the United Nations Universal Periodic Review report relating to civic space in Nigeria from 2015-2018. She is fast becoming an expert in the field of civil society strengthening. She holds an MSc in Indigenous Knowledge and Development Program from the Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan.

 

 

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Environmentalists call for action against micro-plastics pollution

Some environmentalists have called for concrete actions against the spate of micro-plastics pollution in the nation’s water bodies.

The environmentalists made the call in various interviews with newsmen in Lagos .

Micro-plastics are broken-down plastic waste, synthetic fibres and beads found in personal hygiene products.

They also include larger plastics that have broken apart, resin pellets used for plastic manufacturing, and manufactured plastic beads used in health and beauty products.

They harm marine life, which mistake them for food and can be consumed by humans via seafood, tap water and salt.

The Co-founder of Cleanedge Solutions Initiatives, Mr Temitope Ogunweide, said that micro-plastics could be prevented from entering human bodies through effective waste management practice.

“Micro-plastic pollution is one of the most widespread and long lasting anthropogenic changes in the surface of the planet.

“The best way to reduce micro-plastics in our waters is by having an effective waste management system, which is why it is urgent to support the ocean clean-up exercises.

“Not cleaning up the ocean will result in the spread of more micro-plastics which is deposited in our food chain, table water and salt among others.

“It takes about 14 days for micro-plastics to digest in aquatic animals when compared to the normal digestion which just takes 2 days.

“Fish is the primary source of protein for humans. The micro-plastics ingested by the fish can be passed on to humans when consumed,” Ogunweide said.

On his part, Mr Olumide Coker, the Country Manager of Let’s Do It Nigeria, said Nigeria needed to adopt the use of eco-friendly materials to curb micro-plastic pollution.

“Some countries have identified the inherent dangers of micro-plastics both in the aquatic and human environment.

“These countries have resolved to use eco-friendly materials. They have a timeline to create awareness on the dangers of micro-plastics pollution and need to ban plastics.

“We are still far behind in this aspect in Nigeria. I think we should adopt their strategies to eliminate micro-plastics pollution in our country,” Coker added.

Indiscriminate waste dumping in Ibadan metropolis and way out

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The ancient city of Ibadan (Oyo State, South-West Nigeria) , Oluyole, the city of brown roofs,Cleanedge solutions was once known as one of the dirtiest city in Nigeria. With time, development and private sector involvement  has given Ibadan a new name and over the last couple of years there has been massive improvement in keeping the state clean, and to an extent, it has successfully yielded a positive result. Due to the high solid waste generation in Nigeria which possesses a great threat to healthy living and environment, this has widely affected Nigerian cities, which makes them suffer in area of effective management of solid waste and the ancient city of Ibadan is not left unaffected. Also, due to the population, unplanned civilization and size of the city, the management of waste hasn’t effectively taken its stand and this has slowed the pace improvement mentioned earlier.

Ibadan had long been at the mercy of perennial flooding, in the 90s and recently in year 2011 and 2015. These has wreaked havoc in the city, leading to property and life loss. One of the most important reason of this occurrence is as a result of indiscriminate dumping of refuse which block water ways and drainage. The Oyo State Waste Management Authority (OYOWMA) has not successfully penetrated through the urban slum of Ibadan, standard waste disposal management hasn’t been effective in those area and residents of these areas are prominent to indiscriminate disposal of waste in drainage, streets and streams (most especially in raining periods). Although, the state government under the present administration sought the support of the world bank to fund sustainable models which will put a finite end to recurring floods in the city. This has yielded a collaboration with Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP), which led to the creation of the Solid Waste management master plan, an integral part of the IUFMP. But this appeared to have also been on a slow pace. The weekly Thursday markets sanitation and last Saturday of the month sanitation in Ibadan always result to massive waste disposal in both rural and urban areas, but the state waste management can only cover few areas of the town to collect refuse gathered during sanitation. Those whose refuse are not collected will be left to dispose indiscriminately in their respective environment. There were times refuse are collected by private waste management organization before the state government terminated all contracts due to their ineffectiveness. Before the termination, some residents found the amount charged by the private waste management too much to pay and expected the government to take total control of their refuse disposal. At a time, the government requested that residents of the state start paying for their refuse disposal in other to help the state waste management function at its best, but this wasn’t effective, as residents held back in placing their refuse where the state Waste Management can easily collect it and avoid paying for the disposal.

The indiscriminate dumping of refuse has been one of the major challenges of the state, stopping indiscriminate refuse disposal means no more floods, no more dirt and promotion of healthy living. In achieving this, stringent laws and rules must be applied to stop the act of indiscriminate refuse disposal. Achieving this feat would require;

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i) Enforcement of Laws and regulations: having laws in place is not our problem but enforcing and disciplining those who go contrary to the regulations. Youths should be employed to monitor the activities of residents on waste disposal, in other to bring to justice those who still chose to dispose their waste indiscriminately. We also need to make sure that their is no  political interference in other to fully succeed in enforcing the laws promulgated.

ii) Functional Solid Waste Management; the government should partner with waste management companies in the state, allow Waste management companies to site companies in the state. This is to ensure that the waste collected by the state waste management is probably disposed or recycled to another product which can serve as use for the state.

All these solutions cannot be achieved without the support of the residents, therefore, it is important that the residents of Ibadan and environs understand the effect of indiscriminate disposal to their respective community and their health life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This article is the sole opinion of the writer and not of cleanEdge Solutions.

 

Disposing Municipal Solid Waste in Nigeria

In our last article we delved into living a healthy life through the maintenance of healthy environment. This article will emphasize on how to dispose our Municipal Solid waste (MSW) without our environment or health being affected. Municipal Solid waste which is also referred to as trash or refuse, are our daily waste products we use in our homes, shops, schools, etc. that are discarded in public. Municipal Solid waste has increased sporadically over the years, due to increase in population and increase in industries and various organizations.

MSW can be classified based on the materials they are made of;

Biodegradable waste; which includes food and kitchen waste

Recyclable material; paper, cardboard, glass, bottles, jars, tin cans, aluminum cans, aluminum foil etc.

Inert waste: construction and demolition waste, dirt, rocks, debris

Toxic waste; Pesticides, and fungicide…

All these classification of waste and many more are what we produce daily in our environments.  Improper management of municipal solid waste is critical to the health and well-being of urban residents (World Bank 2003). Disposing these wastes can be very tasking and this has been a major problem in developing countries, and in some developing countries these wastes are left uncollected.  It takes a well-organized environment to inculcate the habit of healthy disposal of our Municipal waste, but irrespective of that, we should put into consideration the harm we are causing if Municipal solid waste is not properly disposed.

After years of research on how solid wastes can be reused to, researchers came up with solid waste management (SWM) or Sustainable Material Management (SMM) which refers to the use and reuse of materials in the most productive and sustainable ways across their entire life cycle. SWM is meant to protect the health of the population, promote environmental quality, develop sustainability, and provide support to economic productivity. Solid waste management should be embraced in all organizations and household in other to help the preservation of the environment and enhance healthy environment.

Different ways of disposing Municipal Solid Waste includes; Recycling, Composting, Disposal and waste to energy. Before disposal there are stages involved in collecting wastes in homes and offices:

Storage facilities: Waste materials should be kept in an unexposed storage facilities before been transferred for disposal. This is to avoid littering and reduce air pollution.

Collection of waste: This is the loading and unloading of MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) from homes and industries until it reaches disposal site.

Transfer system: The truck or system used in transferring MSW from collection units should be properly secured, well protected to avoid exposure or dropping to the environment during transportation. The vehicle should be easy to maneuver and easy to collect.

After these stages has been successfully executed, what is left is the means at which the waste will be disposed, which includes; Recycling, Composting, Disposal and waste to energy.

Recycling: This is the recovering of useful materials to be reused for another purpose or the purpose at which they were used for before. There are different companies involved in waste recycling in Nigeria and other part of the world, such as WeRecyclers, metal recycling Ltd, Chanja Datti Co. Ltd. etc. The waste to be recycled is dependent of the classification of waste and the type of waste each recycling companies deals with. As individuals there are ways by which we can reduce or reuse the waste we produce.

Composting: Biodegradable waste products (food wastes, grass trimmings, leaves, crop residues) are mostly taken through the process of composting. This is another way of recycling, which involves decomposing wastes into organic fertilizers for plants. It is carried out under controlled aerobic conditions in which organic matter is broken down into simpler substances. Benefit of composting is that it reduces the amount of biodegradable wastes in the waste stream, resulting in less pollution. The most important thing to understand about composting is that it can be done at our different backyards rather than buy inorganic fertilizer.

Disposal: Waste recycling is not enough to make our Municipal Waste disappear, there are always left over waste which needs disposing. Disposing is the stage when all the collected waste requires a safe disposal.

Waste to energy: Waste products can also be converted to energy for environmental use, this can be done through the use of incinerator. Incinerator combust wastes with high temperature. Noncombustible waste must be sorted out before incineration.

Although we have seen a lot of people investing in the waste collection and recycling business but it’s still not enough. The government at the federal level as a matter of urgency needs to revive its regulatory framework that will attract more investors.

The environmental health officer’s registration council of Nigeria would do well to intensify more effort to monitor and enforce sanitation laws as well as regulate the activities of the franchisees on good sustainable practices.

Also, the officials should be well trained on professionalism, service delivery and ensure that other states within the country have access to quality waste managers who are within reach and can assist on the best approach to managing their waste before collection. We also have a lot of people carrying out advocacy on proper waste management across the country.

Its time for us to improve on our solid waste disposal method in Nigeria so that we can lead an healthy life.

Research Mentor/Support for Citizens’ Report

 

Location– Lagos, Nigeria.

Type of contract– Consultancy (Full Time)

Duration– 4 months

Department– Research

Programme – Citizens’ Report Initiative

Description
Nigeria Network of NGOs

About us
The Nigeria Network of Non-Governmental Organisations (NNNGO) is the first generic membership body for civil society organisations in Nigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on issues of poverty and other developmental issues. Established in 1992, NNNGO represents over 2400 organisations ranging from small groups working at the local level, to larger networks working at the national level.
NNNGO aims to promote inter-connectivity at the grassroots, provide opportunities for CSOs/NGOs/CBOs and PVOs to contribute to the advancement of national and global peace through developmental activities focused at the grassroots, whilst networking with each other and other national and international agencies, with the aim of meeting NEEDS/SEEDS/LEEDS, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

About the Project
The project aims to initiate and enhance the monitoring and review of SDGs implementation through Citizen-Generated Data (CGD) in 10 African countries, i.e. 3 each in Southern and East Africa and 4 in West Africa. The methodology for CGD is guided by the concept of “leave no one behind” where the focus is on vulnerable and excluded communities; thus, the choice of indicators, analysis and, sampling technique for additional data will have to reflect this concept. The CGD for the project is intended to be conducted by a team of five Nigerian youths who will engage citizens through survey and Focus Group Discussions. The team will then engage policy makers with briefs created from reports of the research to drive policy change.

About you
We require an individual who will display capacity in the following areas:

•Mentoring of youths who will be conducting the survey, focus group discussions and advocacy in line with programs for the Citizens’ Report Initiative.
• Analysis and synthesis of data and writing of the national citizens report as a shadow SDGs monitoring report.
• Provision of support in the process of developing key messages for policy makers and parliament to be used during advocacy.
Duties will include providing technical support to the country team engaged in the Citizens’ report Initiative as follows:
• To conduct focus group discussions and a survey in three localities
• Adapt Citizens Report guide and guide questions to a county context
• Adapt the survey question to county context this would entail:
Translating survey questions into Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo languages and Pidgin.
• Guide the community level sampling selection process
• Mentor, support and supervise youths to conduct the citizens hearings and the survey to ensure rigour and quality control
• Data analysis and reporting of the outcomes of citizens hearings

Required Skills, Experience and Competencies
• A degree in Statistics or Demography, Social Sciences with a specialty in qualitative research, Economics, Political
Science or related fields.
• Teaching, training or mentoring experience
• Adequate knowledge and understanding of the country’s development issues
• Demonstrable knowledge of SDGs and their application in country context

Closing date: 20th April 2018

Women are encouraged to apply.

Click here to apply

 

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, HEALTHY LIFE

The existence of human is interdependent on his environment. The environment which is the surroundings that accommodate both living and non-living affects both the behavior and development of human. Over the years, the environment has always reacted to the way we treat it and it is very pivotal we treat the environment well, in other to get a reaction that will benefit our existence. Natural disasters such as; Flood, Earthquake, Hurricanes and Landslides are mostly caused by the daily unhealthy activities we carry out in our homes and place of work, and often times, the effects of these disasters outweighs the actions that led to it.

In our daily life, we interact with our environment and one of the ways we do is the disposal of our Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), these are products such as packaging, grass clippings, furniture, clothing, bottles, food scraps, newspapers, appliances, paint, and batteries. This comes from our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses. Statistics shows that every individual contribute an average of 0.40pound waste per day, the ways these wastes are disposed will determine if it will be detrimental to our living or beneficial to it. Municipal Waste disposal has been one of the major challenges Nigeria face when it comes to healthy living, it has become a norm in Nigeria to dispose refuse in streams, river or any flowing water, as they believe this wastes will be transported away from their vicinity but little did they know that it causes more harm, because it’ll flow and coagulate at a point where it’ll block the free flow of water, this will let water flowing to leave it’s pathway and create another path which might lead to homes, shops or work places of people living within, this in turn causes flooding just like we saw in some parts of Ibadan a couple of months ago. As fast developing Nigeria is, it is unbelievable why the act of municipal solid waste disposal into streams hasn’t stopped. Most states in Nigeria today has no standard, consistent and effective means of waste disposal and this has unknowingly caused a lot of hazards in their communities.

Disposal of wastes should be done with consideration to the environment. Despite the fact that a lot of attention has been drawn to incessant dumping of refuse, the trend grows on a daily basis. Waste should not be dumped in river, streams or flowing water, this adversely affects our homes, waste should not be let to litter the ground as well, it eventually flows into gutters and block the passage of water. There are different methods our municipal solid waste could be disposed, this will be shared in our subsequent posts.

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