On Tuesday 25th July 2017, BNI Team met with the Minister of Youth and Sports (Nigeria) Barrister Solomon Dalung towards advocating the prioritization of the use of Sports as a tool for promoting positive youth development, peace, and humanitarian diplomacy in Africa.
The delegation was led by the President/CEO of BNI Pharm. John Oluwadero in his capacity as Africa Regional Representative for Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace.
The key advocacy objective of the meeting is the establishment of a national youth coalition on Sports for Development and Peace. The national youth coalition on Sports for development and peace is envisioned to be an alliance of youth led organization that uses Sports as a tool for positive youth development and humanitarian diplomacy.
The Coalition will be responsible for educating, advocating, demonstrating and sharing best practices in the use of Sports for peace and sustainable development. The Coalition will also be responsible for providing evidence and recommendations to government on the power of Sports as a tool for peace and sustainable development, especially on the Return on Investment that Sports offers to young people and the Nation.
The Coalition will work with West Africa Youth Exchange Council (WAYEC) towards advancing regional youth cooperation for sustainable development and humanitarian diplomacy
The meeting also had in attendance delegation of the National Youth Parliament led by the Speaker, Mr. Ayo John Obe.
Other members of the delegation are Dr. Yewande Ogunleye, Mr. Chibuzor Okereke, Ms. Christabel Aigbogun, Dr. Sina Dada, Ms. Taiwo Tomoye, Ms. Aiasha Bubah and Mr. Praise Alonge.