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.