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.
Prof. Oladele Osibanjo
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
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.
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.)
Date and Venue
Date: July 10, 2018
Venue: Bamigboye Hall, Centre for Sustainable Development, Awolowo Road, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
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.
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 “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 (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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deadline: 20th June 2018
Interested in helping to save the planet? Interested in helping to save the environment? Are you young with immense capacity to produce result? Are you passionate about environment? Do you have idea(s) that can solve waste management’s issues in Nigeria? Here is your chance to attend 1st Annual National Youth Summit on Environment
Theme: Waste and Environmental Challenges: The Role of young people in providing solutions
Our Organization, CleanEdge Solutions, as one of its mandates and in collaboration with Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV), Development Practice Student Association (DEPSA) and Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGOs) is organizing the 1st Annual National Youth Summit on Environment
CleanEdge Solutions initiative intends to solve these challenges by utilizing the 3Rs of waste management (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). And in the last couple of months, we have been thoroughly involved in waste education exercise across the 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 have 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 in Nigeria. On summit day, we will build capacity of young people aged 18-40yrs by looking at waste problems, proffer workable solutions, how young people can build smart businesses and provide recommendations on the role of youth inclusion in addressing environmental challenges.
Date: 10th of July, 2018
Time: 9: 00am
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