courtesy of Niger delta Training and empowerment programme for women the president of Council for Renewable Energy Nigeria and Chairman/CEO of ASTEVEN Group of Companies. Dr Sunny Akpoyibo. Ph.D gave a thorough lecture on climate change, Dr Sunny said his vision is for the Emete 1 of Urhobo Kingdom under the Urhobo Kingdom under the Urhobo Progress Union to lead the movement for climate change in the Niger Delta. This training was fully sponsor by Akpoyibo Green Foundation
AKPOYIBO GREEN FOUNDATION GIVES GREEN GROWTH BOOST THROUGH MAIDEN FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT AND EMPOWERMENT FORUM
ASTEVEN FOOTBALL ACADEMY (AFA) TALENT HUNT
The Akpoyibo Green Foundation has concluded plans to develop and enhance green growth and climate change mitigation activities through innovative sports platforms and programs as part of its goal to embed environmental stewardship and green growth in Nigeria.
In collaboration with Asteven Group of Companies, the Parent Company and 9 Sports Management, the foundation is set to host a Youth Football Tournament, preparatory to the establishment of the Asteven Football Academy in Abuja.
The foundation is embarking on this initiative to ensure that football which is the language of global communication and unity, while it presents an opportunity for our youths to change their lives, will also be an opportunity to embed climate change mitigation and green growth awareness in Nigeria”.
Green Growth focuses on the development of the socio-economy through deployment of environmentally friendly initiatives, manufacturing, products development and efficient/smart service delivery. This is in line with Nigeria’s commitment to actualizing her National Determined Contributions, NDC’s and the Akpoyibo Green Foundation is focused on contributing towards this using the vehicle of Football and youth empowerment.
The tournament shall comprise of 8 teams of players within the age bracket, 15-19 years and will be played over the course of four days. The tournament will witness scouts of major football clubs around the world, high level stakeholders in the football world here in Nigeria, running the rule over the players and teams participating.
The tournament shall also provide participants the opportunity to be lectured and trained on how to engage and utilize their skills and salaries responsibly, embed environmental awareness and be champions of the environment in their endeavors.
Individual prizes and winners trophies shall be handed out at the closing ceremony. The ceremony shall also witness the establishment of the Asteven Football Academy (AFA), which is set to spread the Academy operations, management and football training in Nigeria.
Uniquely, the football academy will undertake the development of skills sets for academy members; meaning there shall be a holistic teaching experience for those admitted into the academy comprising; Football Training, Skills Acquisition and Vocational Training, and Entrepreneurship empowerment.
This is a first in terms of sports management and representation in Nigeria. Research has shown that most footballers and indeed, Nigerian Athletes hardly ever sustain their lifestyles or go bankrupt a few short years after finishing their careers, despite the huge salaries they enjoy. This is basically because they have not been taught the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and do not have the right representation to ensure profitable and sustainable investment of their hard earned funds.
This means they will still have the opportunity of enjoying a meaningful livelihood regardless of how their careers turn out and they will have the capability to engage in other vocations to complement their careers.
PROMOTING GREEN GROWTH INITIATIVE TO REDUCE 1 MILLION TONS OF CARBON.
From: Christian Akpos, Abuja
Akpoyibo green foundation a subsidiary of ASTEVEN Group of Companies, on Thursday put together a football tournament to create awareness for youths on climate change.
The foundation embarked on the Green Growth initiative in Abuja to ensure that football, a universal language of communication and unity is used to promote climate change mitigation, green growth measures and youth empowerment.
Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo, president of the foundation, in his welcome speech said green growth focuses on development of the socio-economy drive through deployment of environmentally friendly initiatives, manufacturing, products, development, efficient and smart service delivery.
He said Asteven Football Academy (AFA) was established as part of the foundation’s commit youths for empowerment .
“The football academy will undertake the development of skills set for academy members as there will be a holistic teaching experience for those admitted into the academy which includes football training, skill acquisition, vocational training and entrepreneur empowerment”
Akpoyibo emphasized that the green growth initiative is to help sport management in the country.
Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo flanked by the popular comedian, Ayo Makun after the tournament to create awareness on climate change in Abuja.
According to him, research has shown that footballers and Nigerian athletes hardly ever sustain their lifestyles and even go bankrupt few years after their careers despite the huge salaries they enjoy.
“This is basically because they have not been taught the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and do not have the right representation to ensure profitable and sustainable investments”. He added.
In his remarks, the UN Climate Change Ambassador, Ayo Makun, described the tournament as a platform to sensitise the youths.
He took part in 2:1 win in favour of foundation’s team.
“This tournament is to creates awareness for youths because football is the global language which every youths understands and this is the best way to pass the message across to the youths for active participation.” Makun added.
Akpoyibo Green Foundation out to discover football talents
Akpoyibo Green Foundation combats climate change through sports development.
Two Goals, 1 assist maker and the winning team at the Opening match of the ongoing Akpoyibo Green Foundation Youth football tournament was off to a flying start. And the beautiful thing; they had some star quality as popular comedian and nollywood star, AY Makun was on hand to deliver those two assists in under 25 minutes. Nice one, as Nigerians are wont to say. And you can imagine the glee on the faces of his young team mates and the motivation he has instilled in them.
And this is what the Akpoyibo Green Foundation has set out to do through this very first youth tournament by the foundation. With support from the Asteven Group, arguably the largest indigenous renewable energy company in West Africa, the foundation is set to grow grassroots football; engage youths in career development and provide a sustainable means of livelihood.
But that is not all. What makes this tournament really unique? ‘We are set to displace I million tons of CO2 through our green football practices and encouraging green growth awareness through football’, says the foundation President, Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo.
Speaking further, he stated that ‘Football is the global language of communication and unity and its appeal has to be used to drive socio-economic development of youths in Nigeria and also be utilized to combat the menace of climate change. This initiative is a first in respect of sports management, representation and the enhanced role of football in national environmental consciousness”
Football has always been seen as a unifying tool but only recently has its potentials for green growth awareness been explored. Akpoyibo Green Foundation is set to ensure these potentials are realized through creating a platform for environmental and green growth awareness through football, in direct response and to help the Nigerian government achieve its targets as part of the National Determined Contributions, ratified by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2018, under the amended Kyoto Protocol.
Supporting this initiative, AY, a former youth football player and ardent football enthusiast, stated that he believes football provides a huge opportunity to motivate youths and as a climate change ambassador, he is motivated to ensure that awareness of climate change is spread.