By Tajudeen Abdulwahab
The Ilorin Global Shapers Community on Saturday hosted the Ilorin Climate Action tagged, “Community Outreach and Cleanup.”
The event was held at Alanamu Community and Sabo Oke Community of Ilorin West Local Government and Ilorin East Local Government, Ilorin, Kwara State, respectively.
It would be recalled that Ilorin Global Shapers had earlier organised a challenge on Climate Action to empower young people to create actionable solutions to local climate challenges in their communities for Sustainable Development.
Ilorin Hub Curator, Mr Kehinde Akinsola, said Ilorin Global Shapers Community is a network of innovative young people that come together from diverse professional backgrounds driven to solve problems in their communities.
He challenged the general public to take actions that are going to affect our environment positively, noting that climate action is an inclusive step that requires contributions from everybody.
“We came to the community to make them know about the benefits of hygiene based on the research carried out on climate change and geographic information that Alanamu is liable to flood.
“I encourage the people of Alanamu Community to take up from where we stop, and elders should encourage the young ones on personal hygiene and environmental sanitation.”
Volunteers were divided into a group of six to cover the entire community. In each group were people from the host community to lead the volunteers on sensitisation and clean up.
One of the volunteers, Bashir Atika, said the exercise is of great benefit to the host community, particularly in the aspect of health.
In his own words, Shuaib Ajibola commended the initiative and urged the community to avoid climate disasters.
A youth advocate, Beki Mashood AbdulQaudri, lauded Ilorin Climate Action Volunteers on behalf of Balogun Alanamu and the people of the community for finding the community worthy of this helpful initiative.
“On behalf of the Balogun and the people of Alanamu community, I extend our sincere appreciation to all the volunteers of Ilorin Global Shapers for finding our community worthy of this kind of helpful initiative that would help in preventing climate disasters.”
Also in attendance was Mrs. Oloruntoyosi Thomas, Senior Special Assistant to Kwara State Governor on Non-Governmental Affairs.
Ilorin Global Shapers Community was partnered by Plogging Nigeria, Ilorin Club, Girl Up Evolve, The CEI Project, Nigerian Red Cross Society, Kwara State, NYSC SDGs CDS group, JCI Nigeria University of Ilorin, Green Globe Initiative (GGI), Meadows Community Development Outreach, Freedom Environmental Solutions, Kwara SDGs Office, Nigeria Police Force, World’s Largest Lesson.