"Women's Voices in Climate Policy: Shaping Sustainable Solutions" is an event that aims to highlight the critical role of women in shaping climate policies and finding sustainable solutions. The event brings together women leaders, policymakers, and experts to discuss and amplify the voices of women in driving climate action.
Here is our new guest Speaker she is Vanessa Ukamaka Richard, and I have over 6 years of experience as a radio journalist with a strong interest in youth development. Throughout my journey, I have gained valuable experience and expanded my horizons in the field. It all began when I started as a volunteer reporter at UNIZIK 94.1FM, where I gradually took on the roles of News Anchor and Editor. Eventually, I had the privilege of leading a team of 15 volunteers, overseeing the reporting and compilation of news reports and commentaries for radio broadcasts.
Seeking further growth, I ventured into print journalism, working as a campus reporter for Premium Times Newspaper and interning at Daily Trust Newspaper Lagos. These experiences allowed me to diversify my skills and perspectives.
Currently, I am employed at Sparkling 92.3FM in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. I serve as a News Anchor and Talk Show Host, where my responsibilities include conducting in-depth research and providing insights on political issues at the local, state, and national levels.
Given the significant challenges Nigeria faces in energy production and distribution, as well as the constant scarcity of energy resources such as electricity and petroleum products, energy has emerged as a crucial aspect of politics and governance in the country. Consequently, I frequently address issues related to energy policy and governance in my reporting and commentary, alongside broader political and governance topics.
In my role, I have conducted a series of interviews with climate change experts and activists, aimed at informing the public about Nigeria's recently unveiled energy transition plan. This plan outlines the country's strategy to achieve a net-zero emissions energy system by 2060, following President Muhammadu Buhari's commitment to carbon neutrality by the same year at COP26. These discussions have delved into the importance of the energy transition plan, its feasibility, the involvement of key stakeholders in its implementation, and potential challenges to its execution. Central to these conversations is the urgency of phasing out fossil fuel consumption and embracing innovative solutions through a just energy transition.
Driven by my dedication to impactful journalism, I have earned certification as a solutions journalist from the Solutions Journalism Network. This certification has equipped me with the skills and mindset to explore and present solutions-oriented stories that highlight responses to societal challenges.
In summary, my experience, passion for youth development, and commitment to impactful journalism have shaped my career as a radio journalist. I have gained expertise in reporting on political issues, energy policy, and governance, with a focus on Nigeria's energy transition and the need for sustainable solutions.