Groups mobilize volunteers to clean up Lagos


A global civic organization, Let’s Do It World (LDIW), in conjunction with Green Janitors, mobilized community volunteers to clean up Lagos State on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the drill is in commemoration of World Cleanup Day.
World Cleanup Day is celebrated on September 17 every year.
This is the result of a massive volunteer initiative, launched in Estonia in 2008, when 50,000 volunteers cleaned their homes in five hours.
LDIW coordinates and supports the global movement, inspiring and empowering leaders to raise awareness and move countries towards sustainable solutions for the environment.
LDIW Coordinator for Africa, Mr. Gafar Odubote, told the event that the cleanup was being carried out simultaneously in many countries to create awareness of environmental sustainability.
He said involving residents in environmental remediation would improve sustainability.
“World Cleanup Day unites millions of volunteers in 191 countries to clean up their environment; Nigeria is one such country,” he said.
The coordinator said the cleanup was being carried out simultaneously around the world and in all 36 states of Nigeria.
“In Lagos State, we have almost 30 or 40 cleaning sites. This also happens on the waterfront, offshore and on land.
“The importance of the cleanup is to demonstrate that people can come together to create massive change in our environment through sustainable actions.
“People coming out to show that we can clean up the environment is a way to raise awareness that the environment is important to us,” Odubote said.
Ms. Suliyat Oguns, Team Leader of Green Janitors, urged the volunteers to make environmental sanitation regular to ensure a healthy and sustainable environment.
“Today we commemorate the International Day of Global Cleanup and celebrate it as a team under the leadership of Green Janitors in Bariga.
“We are in partnership with the Junior Club International, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Leo’s Club and the University of Lagos Sustainability Advocates.
“The cleanup isn’t just for September 17. Let’s all make sure that after this event everyone in our environment will know that once we cleanse it will be reflected in our environment.
“What we’re really fighting for is a world without litter, that’s our end goal,” she said.
She said the group wants Nigerians to know the essence of maintaining a clean environment.
“Reuse, reduce and recycle. We don’t have to waste materials that can be converted to other uses.
“The host community for today’s cleanup is the Akoka community, people came out in droves to volunteer for the exercise,” Oguns said.
Commending the efforts of the groups, Mr. Adegboyega Adefuwa, Environment Supervisor, Bariga Local Government, called on community members to take cleanup as a personal responsibility.
“The exercise is a commendable program supported by Bariga LGA Executive Chairman Mr. Kolade Alabi for the well-being of our environment.

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