No fewer than 120 volunteers have participated in a clean-up exercise organised by the African Cleanup Initiatives (ACI), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) held at Oke Alfa, Ejigbo Local Council Development Area of Lagos state, South west Nigeria.
The volunteers which includes the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and a group, Greenhill Recyclling Coca-Cola took part in the exercise tagged “Jakande Project’’
Others are the state Youth Organisation, Environmental Lagos and Environmental Health Officers.
Also, market women, commercial motorcyclists and some residents of the area participated in the exercise at the Jakande Bus-Stop as LAWMA trucks carted way wastes generated during the exercise.
Mr Alex Akhigbe, the Chief Environmental Officer said the organisation was driven by the desire to raise environmentally responsible citizens for a clean and healthy society.
“We are here at Jakande to engage people of the community in cleanup to showcase the importance of the cleaning our environment.
“We also believe people should start to work on what they can give back to the community and we observe that more youths are getting engage in community service hence it is a platform for people that wants to give back to the community through their selfless efforts and commitment.
“Our operations started with a sanitation and advocacy project named Clean Up Nigeria.
“The organisation’s major focus includes environmental sanitation, environmental health, environmental education and community development,” he said.
Akhigbe, however, noted that initially the youths were reluctant to participate in non-remuneration activities.
According to him, the group gradually develop interest in the participation of over 11,600 youth volunteers across the 58 communities in the state.
“Far back in 2010, our major challenges were that the youths not willing to do something for free, but now, the youths are ready to go the extra mile for passion of the environment.
“The exercise will also encourage people on the importance of recycling and waste sorting of recyclable items,” he added.