In fulfilling its civil responsibility to the society, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Eko – a local organization of Junior Chamber International, Nigeria in collaboration with over 100 volunteers executed its Clean-Up project which took place recently at Ladipo Market in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The activity which featured the activation of “Illegal Waste Mapping” exercise is part of an initiative at achieving the goal of a Clean Lagos in order to promote and improve the people’s health and well-being and most importantly uphold some of the UN sustainable development goals (SDG 3, 6,11 and 13).
Speaking on the exercise, the Clean-Up Project Team Lead, JCI Eko, Mr. Akintunde Savage explained that the drains and gutters in the market were cleaned while the team also took the time to sensitize the people to their expectations with regards to having dirt-free surroundings because all the responsibility cannot be placed on the Government.
“We have come to support the Government in its efforts to maintain a clean environment. As a responsible organization and citizen of this country, we would continually look for laudable initiatives like this to impact positively in the society we operate’’ he said.
Also speaking, the Country Leader, Let's Do it Nigeria, Mr Olumide Coker revealed that the exercise was a lead-up to the Sept. 15, 2018 World Clean Up Day where Nigeria will join the rest of the world to clean their surroundings on a single day.
“We are currently building up database of an illegal waste dumpsite mapping through a phone App Software called "World Cleanup" App that was created by 'Let’s do it World Foundation', where members of the public can download on their phones to report illegal dump sites and trash piles all over Nigeria in preparation for the 2018 World Clean Up Exercise" he said.
He further explained that the market sanitation was organized in partnership with African Cleanup Initiative — organizers of Cleanup Nigeria project — Mushin Local Government Council and Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).
In his own remarks, the Coordinator, African Clean up Initiative, Mr. Alex Akhigbe said that the initiative had successfully elicited the participation of thousands of volunteers, while cleaning a lot of garbage in various exercises.
“We have consciously and deliberately promoted the message of a clean and healthy environment, which is free from all forms of diseases,” he said.
One of the volunteers, Mr Yomi Ajinidi, who is also the Leader of Environmental Health Officers (EHO), said that people should make concerted cleanings regularly, the sanitation of one’s environment should be an everyday affair’’ he added.