By The World Satellite
Centre for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASD AFRICA); a Youth-led Non-governmental Organisation has continued to take more proactive steps in demonstrating its commitment to peace building, quality education, entrepreneurship and leadership development.
Though, founded in 2014 by Mr. Austin Igweshi, it was officially registered with Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) under the company and allied matters acts 1990 as an incorporated trustee in 2018, and has been the frontline for a peaceful Nigeria.
Within one year of its inorporation, CEPASD AFRICA has carried out and executed numerous programs and projects on peace, education, entrepreneurship and leadership. Also it has created real values in the area of peace, education, entrepreneurship and leadership thereby reaching 6 African countries in one year including Nigeria. Ghana, Zimbabwe, Liberia, South Africa and Gambia.
Notable among its laudable achievements was the successful hosting of the 2019 Nigeria Youth Summit in commemoration of the 2019 International Youth Day of the United Nations wherein over 100 youths attended. The outcome of the summit has informed an advocacy for increase 10% budgetary allocation for education.
A testament of the will of the Organisation to continue to implement and carry out programs and projects geared towards sustainable peace and development was evident at its one year anniversary celebration recently. The event which held at the Ibrahim Baba Indo (IBI) centre in Abuja was in recognition of the theme: The Role of NGOs in Social Transformation with a keynote speech by Ms. Aderonike Bello, who highlighted the roles NGOs such as CESPAD AFRICA play in social transformation. She encouraged the organizers of the event and the Organisation to keep up the good work
Welcoming guests at the event, the Founder and Executive Director of CESPAD AFRICA; Igweshi Augustine informed that the essence of the anniversary ceremony was to celebrate achievement and success the organization has recorded in the past one year, which will pave way to achieving more in the years ahead. In addition, he stated that it was also to recognize individuals and organizations for their excellent works, successes and achievement they have attained in their various endeavours.
High point of the event was the award presentations to individuals who have excelled in the areas of Leadership, Media, Humanitarian Services, Peace and Security, etc. Notable award recipients include S.A to the Minister of State FCT; Ms. Aderonke Bello, S.A to AMAC Chairman; Mrs. Abiodun Essiet, Amb. Graham Elendu; a pan African youth leader and Media Guru, Professor Blessing Lawal; founder, GSFEN World Wide, Dr. Macjohn Nwaobiala; Former Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Queen Irene Onwuka; founder QIOP foundation, Adesuwa Obasuyi; founder SACC Initiative, Amb. Kingsley Amafibe; CEO Peace Ambassador Agency, and Precious Ajunwa; founder Galaxy4Peace and many others.