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Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC)

Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Joined August 2022

Advocacy Centre works generally in Nigeria with stronger presence in the Niger Delta region strengthening community-based advocacy, defending peoples' human and environmental rights for development.



Presence in: Nigeria
Focus: Children's Rights, Community Organizing, Community Paralegals, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Livelihoods, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information, Women's Rights

Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC) is an Active Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) incorporated by Corporate Affairs Commission in 2017 following the Executive Director’s participation in International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) upon nomination by the US Embassy in Nigeria and sponsored by American Government to the United States for Exchange Program under the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The mission of this interventionist organization in the Niger Delta which was set out in the project document by the US system through its Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs include serving as a platform for development promotion is “Strengthening Community-Based Advocacy in the Niger Delta through Multi-Stakeholder Engagement”.

Thus, YEAC partners with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of governments, foreign missions, policymakers, security operatives, traditional institutions, local and international media organizations and other stakeholders including CSOs and international development organizations to address socio-economic issues relating to youths, the environment, climate change, empowerment and alternative livelihood opportunities for youths involved in artisanal crude oil refining for environmental sustainability in the Niger Delta among others. We are the organization at the forefront of promoting Federal Government’s proposed Modular Refineries for artisanal crude oil refiners in the Niger Delta as alternative livelihood opportunity and on July 27, 2020 we proposed the establishment of “Presidential Artisanal Crude Oil Refining Development Initiative-PACORDI” to the Federal Government. The organization provides paralegal support for vulnerable indigenous peoples in society and sensitizes students on climate change, human rights and campaign against social vices.

People Associated With This Organization

Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface

Nigeria  
Youths and Environmental Advocacy...
Joined August 2022
Interests: Children's Rights, Community Organizing, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy, Women's Rights
FYNEFACE DUMNAMENE FYNEFACE is an Environmental Justice Activist, Human Rights Defender, Facilitator of Platform for the Coordination of Niger Delta Ex–artisanal Refiners and Executive Director, Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC), a nongovernmental organization with over 11years experience. Fyneface has authored/co–authored over ten different publications (reports and books) on different subject–matters including Climate Change, Artisanal Crude Oil Refining, Ogoni Clean–up, Killing for Banana, Flooding, Photography, etc. and currently mobilizing and building a network of “One Million Youth Volunteers in the Niger Delta”. Fyneface had received professional training in journalism, environment, climate change mitigation, conflict resolution and peace–building mechanisms, etc. from both local and international organizations and institutions like the International Center for journalists(ICFJ) USA, United Nations REDD+ Academy, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP–2018) organized by the United States Department of State, etc. He had addressed many local and international conferences including the media to draw attention to issues in the Niger Delta including the 71stSession of the United Nations General Assembly where he addressed world leaders alongside President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and pushed for the immediate commencement of the Ogoni cleanup with a view of extending it to other Niger Delta communities as soon as possible. He had also spoken as guest speaker at San Francisco State University(2016) USA; Californian State Legislature (2016), USA; Standing Rock, South Dakota, USA (2018); Africa Regional Conference on Biodiversity, Kenya (2019) and thrice at the Nigeria’s National Assembly in February and March (2020) on environment and Artisanal refining. Academically, Fyneface studied Educational Management and Political Science (2010) and Postgraduate Diploma in International Affairs(2014) from the University of Port Harcourt. In 2017, he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Political Science, International Relations and Diplomacy by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Apart from serving as the Executive Director of Advocacy Centre where his capacity has been several built by European Union and British Council under the Agents for Citizen-Driven Transformation (ACT) Program, Fyneface works as fixer, research and media consultant to many local and international organizations and had so far consulted for Stakeholder Democracy Network, SOAS University of London, United Nations office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Aljazeera, BBC World Service, German National TV, VICE, New York Times, TrT World TV Turkey, etc. with weekly live radio appearances for advocacy. The Executive Director hope to use the membership of this network to advance his paralegal works, empower communities and the vulnerable ones legally and get justice for victims of harassment among others.
Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface is the network champion (main point of contact) for Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC).

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