An NGO, African Clean Up Initiative (ACI), has urged the public to continue to support and imbibe a clean and healthy lifestyle without waiting for government to enact laws on sanitation.
The Coordinator of the NGO, Mr Alex Akhigbe, made the call in Lagos, at the clean up exercise held at Shasha, Akowonjo, in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos.
According to him, the exercise, tagged 'Project Clean Shasha' initiative, was meant to ensure a clean environment and educate residents on the importance of a healthy environment.
Akhigbe said the exercise was aimed at working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs) No. 6, which focuses on maintaining a clean and healthy environment.
He said the exercise, Clean up Shasha' involved about 250 volunteers, who have passion for the environment, to clean up the environment and create a changed attitude towards the environment.
Akhigbe also said the clean up exercise, which is the 18th edition, is also to show and exhibit love to the environment, ahead of the feast of Valentine's Day.
This Green Valentine sanitation exercise is to demonstrate our acts of love for the environment through environmental advocacy and community clean up exercises and awareness.
The Clean Up Nigeria Initiative is a project of ACI, an environmental non-governmental organisation driven by the golden desire to raise environmentally responsible citizens for a clean and healthy society.
The Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr Ola Oresanya. in a message, charged the volunteers and residents of Shasha community to ensure continuous love and passion for humanity and the environment.
Oresanya said in ensuring a cleaner, fresher, healthier livable business and tourism friendly environment, the state. through LAWMA is working towards a sustainable integrated solid waste management.
He said it will also provide an enabling environment for socio-economic activities through a dedicated workforce combined with sustained public-Private sector Participation arrangement.
Some volunteers from different locations got to the exercise venue early as the Saturday rally on the President's visit to Lagos had generated apprehension about heavy traffic following the announcement by the state government to close no fewer than 18 major routes
Some volunteers also came in from Ibadan, Oyo state.
Part of those present at the clean up exercise included Miss Earth, Maristella Okpala, who also advocated for a clean and healthy environment by regular sanitation, while LAWMA trucks were present to evacuate waste generated during the exercise.
Free T-shirts, caps, gloves and waste bags were distributed to the people of the community during the clean up.
The Clean-Up Nigeria project started in 2010.
Source: Voice of Nigeria