Nigeria’s multi-city beach cleanup initiative gets governance board

The multi-city beach clean-up exercise initiated by the Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Plc, Abubakar Suleiman, has announced seasoned environmentalists as its governance board members.

The members are Taiwo Adewole, Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola and Akanbi Williams. In this role, they will provide support, guidance, and oversight to the continent’s most ambitious clean-up programme seeking to keep beaches clean and fresh on Nigeria’s extensive 853km coastal line, which cuts across nine states.

Unveiling the committee, Abubakar said, “We are pleased to welcome Taiwo, Bilikiss and Akanbi formally. Their vast experience in recycling, environmental management and science will hugely benefit our movement of almost 2000 volunteers committed to keeping beaches clean and safe from a leadership perspective.”

Taiwo is the Executive Director at Recycle Points, a waste recycling and social benefit venture based in Lagos. The seasoned environmentalist and waste management consultant holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a master’s degree in Environmental Resources Management from Lagos State University.

He holds membership of professional bodies and associations that include the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Nigeria Environmental Society (NES), and Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF).

Bilikiss holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, an MSc in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Fisk University. She is also a Laureate of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, an Echoing Green Fellow, a Legatum Fellow, and a Carroll Wilson Fellow.

Akanbi is a marine mammal observer, benthic ecologist, and fisheries expert. With nine publications and over 45 citations in marine biology under his belt, he brings invaluable experience to the steering committee.

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