Meet the Netlink Environmental Conservation Organization leadership team and Environmental Education Officers, with background in Agriculture, Climate change, Forestry, Economics, Communications, Business, Law, Human right, Wildlife and Biodiversity.
DR S.O. OLADEJIExecutive Director
Balogun I. A (Ph.D)Dir. Climate & Env. Resources
Dr. Bukola O. AdetolaDir. Wildlife Biodiversiy & Ecotourism Management
MRS S.F ARIFALODir. Natural Resource Management & Extension
MR K. OLANREWAJUDir. Environmental Management & Forest Resources
DR S.O. OLADEJI
Dr Oladeji Sunday Oladipo started his academic carrier as a teaching assistant in the department of Ecotourism and Wildlife Management of The Federal University of Technology ,Akure in 2007 and later rose to the position of lecturer II. He graduated with B.Tech., in Forestry from The Federal University of Technology, Akure and later proceeded for his Master in Environmental Management in Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko. He bagged his PhD in Ecotourism Management of The Federal University of Technology , Akure.
Upon completion of his PhD in 2013 he was invited as one of the experts in the field of natural resource management at Cuttington University under The Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) program, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID/Liberia) to strengthen Liberian higher education institutions.
During his undergraduate years, he was co-founder and first executive president of Environmental Conservation Club, FUTA. He later joined Nigerian Environmental Conservation Organisation as education research officer in charge of capacity training and establishment of Environmental Conservation Club, the student body of the Organisation. He subsequently assumed office as one of the Director of NECOR. He was elevated to the position of Executive Director of the Organisation following the demise of erstwhile Executive Director. He has since been saddled with the responsibilities of overseeing the activities of other Directors, coordinate Environmental Conservation Club established in elementary, secondary and tertiary institutions across Nigeria and Liberia, and facilitate linkages with other national and international organizations and other official duties in line wth the organization’s mandate.
Dr. S. O. Oladeji is an environmentalist and conservationist of international repute. A highly motivated researcher with vast academic experience as well as community based service. He combined his lecturing duties successfully with research in the field of biodiversity conservation, ecological tourism and environmental management. He has over 18 articles as research publications in local and international journals to his credit and has participated in various media and scientific fora where environmental conservation issues are discussed and addressed. He has represented the organization in symposia, exhibitions and conferences.
Balogun I. A (Ph.D)
Dr. Ifeoluwa Adebowale Balogun is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Meteorology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. Also, he is currently the Associate Director (Remote Sensing and GIS) of the Centre for Space Research and Applications (CESRA) of the University. He had his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees in 2000, 2004 and 2012 respectively from the University. Within his PhD research years, he attended short courses and obtained certificates in Environmental Research at the GKSS School on Environmental Research in Lunenburg, Germany in 2007; and on African Weather and Climate from National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado, USA in 2011.
Ifeoluwa is the Director of Climate and Environmental Resources of the Nigerian Environmental Conservation Organisation (NECOR); and the co-founder of the Environmental Conservation Club (ECC), the student umbrella body of the organization which now exists at several tertiary, secondary and elementary institutions.
He is an applied meteorologist with expertise in urban climate, biometeorology, environmental conservation and climate change. He has specific interest in monitoring, assessing and quantifying urbanisation impacts and associated landuse landcover changes on local climate, air quality and inhabitants comfort. His research interest also includes climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation with a broad view on conservation mechanisms. He has participated in several field experiments at home and abroad. His current research involves understanding the role of cities and associated landuse landcover changes in modifying weather, climate, air quality and quality of life of inhabitants (man, animal, plants and organisms); and also suggesting how such research may be usefully employed at various scales of management by environmentalists, planners, decision and policy makers. He has authored and co-authored several publications on these issues in reputable local and international journals and has served as reviewer of articles in many journals
He has attended several national and international scientific fora, where he has presented research papers amongst which are the 7th international Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC-7) in Yokoahama, Japan 2009 where he won the Lowry African Student Award; 8th international Conference on Urban Climate (ICUC-8) at Dublin, Ireland 2012 where the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in conjunction with International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) found him worthy of the joint AMS-IAUC Lowry African Graduate Student Award for the scientific and aesthetic quality of his work and presentations. He is a member of several scientific associations and professional bodies among which are; Nigeria Meteorological Society (NMetS), International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC), African Fire Networks (Afrifirenet), Association of Nigerian Geographers(ANG) and Science Association of Nigeria (SAN).
Ifeoluwa is happily married to Olayinka and the union is blessed with three children.
Dr. Bukola O. Adetola
Dr. Bukola Omotomilola Adetola is a Lecturer in the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State Nigeria. She holds Bachelor of Agricultural Technology in Fisheries and Wildlife from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Master of Science in Wildlife Management and the Ph.D. Degree in Wildlife and Ecotourism Management from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in the year 2001, 2004 and 2015 respectively. She added a Graduate Certificate in Endangered Species Management from the University of Kent United Kingdom in 2015.
In 2009, she joined the Department of Ecotourism and Wildlife Management, Federal University of Technology, Akure Nigeria with the responsibilities of teaching, research and community service. Her main areas of research interest are in the field of biodiversity conservation with focus on the conservation ecology and management of endangered species both in-situ and ex-situ, non consumptive utilization of biodiversity (ecotourism), ecotourism Policy and Planning, communicating the benefits of sustainable natural resources use to rural communities (works closely with park-dependent communities), students, young people, policy makers and other stakeholders. She is a well focused researcher with good publications in peer reviewed journals and proceedings. Dr. Adetola is a Member of Society for Conservation Biology, Tropical Biology Association, Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), Ecological Society of Nigeria (EcSON), Forestry Association of Nigeria (FAN), Association of Women in Forestry and Environment (AWIFE), Durrell Conservation Learning Network (DCLN).
She has served as Resource Person on career and conservation education talk to young people (primary, secondary and tertiary school students) within and outside Nigeria amongst which are Teenage Volunteer at Durrell Wildlife Park (Jersey Zoo), St John’s School, Jersey Island, United Kingdom to mention just a few. She is an experienced and dedicated teacher who delights in helping student learn well to achieve set goals. Her interest in environmental Conservation instigated her membership in the Netlink Environmental Conservation Organization (NECOR) where she oversees the organization’s tasks in the area of wildlife, biodiversity and ecotourism management.
MRS S.F ARIFALO
Mrs Arifalo S.F is a natural resource manager with over ten years experience in the field of natural resource management and extension. She is a dogged researcher of local and international repute with flair, enthusiasm and emphasis on natural resource conservation, management and extension. Her teaching, research and community service are centered on lecturing, mentoring young talented ones and improving the lives of the local communities. She started her carrier as teaching assistant in the department of Agricultural Economics & Extension now Agricultural & Resource Economics of the Federal University of Technology, Akure where she has risen to her present position as Lecturer II. She bagged her first and second degree in Agricultural Economics and she is at the final stage of her PhD in natural resource management. She has distinguished herself in the area of natural resource conservation, management and extension as being attested to by her outstanding academic performance and research publications in both local and international journals. She is a staff adviser to Environmental Conservation Club, FUTA and member of Nigerian Environmental Conservation Organisation ( NECOR). She is occupying the position of the Director of Natural resource management and Extension of the organisation. She oversees dissemination of information to farmers, market women and other relevant stakeholders in natural resource use. She has particitipated in meetings, conferences, symposium , capacity training and forum where sustainable management of environment are discussed and shared.
MR K. OLANREWAJU
Mr Kekeh Olanrewaju , C is a graduate of the department of Forestry , Federal University of Technology, Akure. He started his working experience as a forest Superitendent , Survey Unit of Ondo State Ministry of Natural Resource. He has served as the officer in charge of nursery in the Ministry . He is presently a Senior Forest officer in the department of forest utilization exploitation. Mr Kekeh has acquired experience through his exposure to various activities in different department of the Ministry. He combined his civic duties successfully with services to his local communities. He supports natural resources conservation efforts at state , national and international levels . He has contributed to establishment of Environmental Conservation Club , the student’s arm of Nigerian Environmental Conservation Organization in secondary and tertiary institutions . Some of his outstanding contributions to environment and natural resource conservation and management include inventory of teak plantation in Ondo-State; establishment of 50 ha of indigenous plantation through enrichment planting at , establishment of 10ha of Mansonia altissima plantation at Akure forest reserve , establishment of 100ha teak plantation at Oluwa forest reserve, establishment of 20 ha of mixed indigenous species in 0A3A forest reserve. . He has severaL publications to his credit
Netlink Environmental Conservation Organisation (NECOR) is an environmental NGO in Nigeria that is born out of the need to ensure optimum participation and involvement of all the stakeholders including the local communities in sustainable management of natural resources. Netlink Environmental Conservation Organisation is the umbrella body for Environmental Conservation Club (ECC). ECC strives to inculcate Environmental Conservation consciousness into the youth as a way to gather much needed support and efforts targeted at tackling numerous environmental challenges confronting humanity. The idea, passion, enthusiasm, talent and strength of the communities toward achieving sustainable management of our natural resources and fragile environment can therefore not be ignored thus a collective multidisciplinary approach is urgently require.
- Globally, there has been increasing decline in biodiversity as a result of indiscriminate and unsustainable harvesting, hunting and poaching without judicious attempt to replenish, replant or reproduce . UNEP, 2010, reported that the Earth’s biological resources are vital to humanity’s economic and social development.
- Continuous emissions of Carbon dioxide/Carbon monoxide has resulted to global warming and overall change in the climate. According to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), carbon dioxide and methane levels have increased by 35 % and 148 % since the industrial revolution of 1750.
- Nigeria has the highest extreme poverty population of 86.9 million representing nearly 50% of its 180 million population (Lucrody to World poverty clock report, 2018).
- Greater percentage of Nigerian youth is out of work. According to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria has a youth labour force of 38.2 million people between the ages of 15 and 24 years out of this number, 48.7% or 15.2 million is out of work and actively seeking employment.
- The size of plastic waste being generated in across the World is alarming and at the exponential rate. Generally, the average rate of waste generation is estimated as 0.5kg/capital/day. Biodegradable waste account for over 50% of waste generated with other component estimated at different composition in different State.
Our Areas of necessity
- There is need for our organization to support and promote tree planting as a measure to compensate for the losses in the recent time. Netlink Enviornmental Conservation Organisation also offer training to the populace on domestication of minlivestock , lesser known wild animasl, bee keeping e.tc as protein supplement for the teeming World population.
- We offer both Mitigation and adaptation measures required to address the issue of Climate Change. This involves cutting down the emission of Carbon monoxide/Carbondioxide through promoting the use of bicycle among the students in higher institution and pupils in Secondary schools. Planting of trees across our campuses and neighbouring communities to ameliorate micro climate, reduce urban heat waves and sequestrate carbon.
- Man power training on the techniques of domestication of lesser known wild animals and minilivestock is targeted at addressing the issue of protein deficiency in food, poverty, malnutrition and low income earning
- The need to harness immense opportunities in agribusiness and tourism has propelled our organization to offer Agropreneurship and Sociopreneurship training for youth between the age of 15 and 24 years . This is achieved through establishment of Environmental Conservation Club in various institutions and organized capacity training workshop.
- Construction of bamboo waste bin is considered as strategy to reduce consumption of plastic , promote recycling and reuse of plastic waste.
- Periodically we organized capacity training on flood risk disaster and management in flood prone communities like Bayelsa and Ondo State, Obafemi Awolowo University , Ile-Ife . This is aimed at building the resilience of those that are vulnerable especially in coastal areas and flood prone sites to mitigate flooding
Over the years the Organisation has executed diverse environmental conservation and sustainable programmes using various strategies that are innovative. Netlink has committed over N3million in executing the aforementioned environmental conservation projects across communities in Nigeria and Liberia. The Organization is institutional based and is headed by the Executive Director and four other Directors that constitute the board of Director. The Directors are people of impeccable characters with high moral standard. The Directors are highly competent, professional, seasoned environmentalists, specialist and expert in diverse field of environmental management. Education research officers are assigned to work with each of the Director to facilitate day to day activities of the Organist.