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BBYDI Organises Climate Enlightenment Programme In Sentu Community

A leading non-governmental organization in Nigeria Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative, BBYDI, has taken the lead in addressing global environmental challenges by carrying out an enlightenment program on climate adaptation in Sentu community of Ilorin East Local Government Area of Kwara state.

The NGO organized a one-day program that aimed to educate the community members on the importance of climate adaptation and environmental conservation.

The program, which was held on the 15th of June 2023, at the community featured a series of lectures and practical sessions.

The community members were taught about the effects of climate change on their immediate environment and the world at large.

They were also educated on ways to adapt to the changing climate and mitigate its impact on their lives and livelihoods.

The program included sessions on waste management, tree planting, upcycling and sustainable agriculture practices. The community members were also taught how to make compost and how to properly dispose of waste.

Speaking at the event, the project lead for the Sentu Community Climate Education Ramat Jadesola Owolabi,  stressed the importance of environmental conservation, stating that “climate change is a global problem that requires a collective effort to address.

Ramat Owolabi

“We must all take responsibility for the environment and work towards building a sustainable future,” she said. She also gave a laudable applause to her resilient team members for their efforts and commitments towards the success of the program.

The program was well-received by the community members who expressed their gratitude to the NGO, the facilitators a lecturer at the Agricultural Economics department at the University of Ilorin, Mrs Waliyat Olaide Oloyede, a climate journalist and advocate Dare Akogun, Ms. Mariam Hamzat, another climate journalist and Mr. Paul Ayomide Eweola, a Climate change advocate for the enlightenment and expressed their willingness to put into practice what they had learned.

Standing on the right hand side, a lecturer at the Agricultural Economics department at the University of Ilorin, Mrs Waliyat Olaide Oloyede and a climate journalist and advocate Dare Akogun.

The NGO promised to continue supporting the community in its efforts towards environmental conservation and climate adaptation.

They hope that this program will serve as a model for other communities in the region to emulate.

Highlights of the event were the presentation of seedlings and an economic tree to the community while the facilitators were given certificate of participation.

Presentation of seedlings and an economic tree to the representative of the village head of Sentu community Alhaji Memudu by a member of BBYDI.

Another highlight of the event is the upcycling workshop where the community children were taught how to make use of their used bottles, plastic spoons, old clothing material and more into a plastic seat and a flower vase.

The children were amazed and this also opened their minds into more creative ideas.


By Toyeeb Omotayo

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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