Junior Chamber International (JCI) Eko President, Gafar Olorunleke Odubote is calling on every individual to “unite to act” in tackling the challenges facing humanity and in creating a better society. “My message to you all on this New Year’s Day 2019, is about unity and action, a clarion call for every individual to unite and act for a better society,” says Gafar in his New Year message.
JCI is a nonprofit organization of young active citizens’ age 18 to 40 who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities. JCI members take initiative to solve local challenges, such as, those threatening global peace, education, health, including the environmental issues. Gafar named “Unite to Act” as the theme for the Organization in year 2019, as a call to action for people to stay united and act for peaceful coexistence in Nigeria; sustainable environment, economic justice, human capital development, equality and for good governance.
JCI Eko as an affiliate of JCI Nigeria in Lagos State is posed at finding targeted solutions to local issues benefitting our communities and our future. The organization offer free empowerment trainings for young people and also execute projects such as, Brand Master Class (BMC); Defensive Driving Seminar (DDS); Jaycees Against Youth Smoking and Drug Abuse (JAYSDA); Wastes Cleanup Campaign; and Health Awareness Initiatives; amongst others.
“In 2019, Nigeria will be observing its election; which comes with some risks, like violence and non-participation of the citizenry in the election exercise. There is also the issue of unmanaged wastes in the country alongside threats from rising gender inequality, drug abuse among some youths and the risk posed by unemployment in the county; therefore there is a need for us to ‘unite to act’ in the face of such challenges and make our society a better place.”
Prior to becoming the president of JCI Eko, Gafar performed as the 2018 National Director of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Nigeria – Let’s Do it! Campaign; where he led a team of over 7,000 volunteers comprising of JCI Nigeria members and civic organizations in a massive cleanup that occurred simultaneously on a single day in 90 locations across Nigeria on 15th September 2018 for the World Cleanup Day.
“I strongly believe we can make our country better and our environment sustainable,” he said. “But we can only do that if we all unite to act towards creating a better society. I implore every individual to be an active citizen and see this country as our true home where we all need to live together as one and make it prosper. We must embrace peace and discourage violence.”
The organization is starting the year with #VoteRight4Peace Campaign – a campaign for a free, fair and peaceful election in Nigeria which will be launched with some key stakeholders during their General Assembly (GA) on January 6th, 2019 at Elomaz hotel, Maryland, Lagos by 3pm. Attendance is free.