On the 2nd of April, 2016, issues affecting the Niger Delta region of Nigeria were reviewed with two distinguish guest speakers from Nigeria and the UK respectively.

Comrade Udengs Eradiri.

Professor Jim Baird.

Comrade Udengs Eradiri.
Comrade Udengs Eradiri is the President of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC). Prior to becoming the president, he was the secretary of the organization where he liaised with the Niger Delta Development Commission to train unemployed youths in South Africa.

He was also instrumental in fa...cilitating the ongoing Presidential Amnesty Programme to restore peace in the Niger Delta region. The Ijaw youth council, which works closely with policy makers, have influenced several policies in Nigeria with a view to ensuring a better quality of life for the people of Niger Delta.

Professor Jim Baird.
Professor Jim Baird is the current president of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) in the United Kingdom. He has held several positions in various organizations including the British Hydromechanics Research Association and Freshwater and Marine Group. Currently, he is an environmental consultant and academician who have travelled around the world in the course of his work.


In his presentation, the President of the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, Comrade Udengs Eradiri insisted that Ogoni Cleanup must be done by world known cleanup companies and according international standards. The Ogoni clean up should be an inroad to the entire Niger Delta clean up because you cannot clean up Ogoni without cleaning up other parts of the Niger Delta otherwise, it would be an exercise in futility. The Clean up must not be politicised as recommendations for all manner of companies for kickbacks is already going on and this is already compromising government's genuine clean up efforts.  He also emphasised the need for government to help standardize the so called illegal refineries in the Niger Delta and make them legal so they can provide fuel for Nigerians and also create some form of employment.