Thursday, the 2nd of July 2020 is a day the people of Ijora Oloye community Lagos State will not forget in a hurry as African Clean Up Initiative together with other partners (the Quivers Foundation, Wevo, Wecyclers, Inspired Next Initiative, Recycler Association of Nigeria, and Yagazie Foundation) with about 30 volunteers, went into Ijora Oloye community for the first Recyclespay Covid-19 Support and #MaskUpSlum Project which is proudly sponsored by Coca-Cola Foundation.

Everyone converged at the Community Development Association Hall in Ijora-Oloye, Apapa, Lagos State by 9am with a welcome address by Mrs. Blessing Onyelekwe, the Communication Manager of African Cleanup Initiative, to everyone both partners and volunteers. She spoke about the essence of the exercise and thanked everyone for volunteering to be part of the exercise.

Mr. Alexander Akhigbe, the Chief Environmental Officer of African Cleanup Initiative officially launched the projects which are the Recyclespay Covid-19 Support Project and #MaskUpSlum Project. He said, the project is a way of giving palliative to the communities as a result of the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which is the reason the organisation is giving double the amount that is normally paid for the recyclables per kilogram and also gave them mask as a means to curb the community transmission of the covid-19 pandemic.

While speaking to AIT (African Independence Television) correspondence, Mr Akhigbe mentioned that African Cleanup Initiative works with low-income communities and Ijora Oloye is part of the communities they have been working with on their Recyclespay Educational Project.

These interventions was made possible with the support of the Coca-Cola Foundation. And other Individuals and organisations that partnered with us.

The program for the day kicked off with the volunteers being put into groups of 5 by Mr. Shedrack Bright, the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager of African Cleanup Initiative. The groups include, Photography, Welfare, Weighing team and Protocol/Security. Everyone took position and immediately swung into action.

Some of the partners expressed their thoughts and impact of the project and equally sensitized the people of Ijora-Oloye community on how to stay healthy and be environmentally responsible.

Some of the beneficiaries shared their expression of joy after the project as they were delighted to have the opportunity to be among those that benefited from this timely intervention.

Mrs. Munirat, a trader was very glad to be part of the project and described it as a stress-less way to make money. She thanked Coca-Cola Foundation and Africa Cleanup Initiative for organizing this kind of project.

Mrs. Muniratu Raimi who we tagged The Beneficiary of the day mentioned that she has been gathering this plastic for over one year and hope to pay her children’s school fees and her house rent from the proceeds. A total of 239.2 kg of plastic which is equivalent to 9570 Naira (Due to the double-double offer) in cash was given to her. She expressed her joy and thanked the African Cleanup Initiative, Coca-Cola Foundation and contributory partners of the project for this great support.

Another beneficiary Aro Kuburat, a Local Government Staff described the project as a welcome development to ensuring a cleaner environment. She then thanked Coca-Cola Foundation for supporting this project.

The CEO of African Cleanup Initiative, Mr. Alexander Akhigbe in his closing remarks expressed his excitement and thanked the Coca-Cola Foundation for their support and the other partners for the success of the project.

The total recovered recyclables collected from the project are: Pet bottles 946.6 kg, and Nylon – 20 kg.

The Outreach was brought to an official end by the visit of African CleanUp Initiative team to the Oba’s palace. Oba Dr. Abdul Fatai Aremu Oyeyinka Aromire ll, together with some of his chiefs received the team with great joy and pledged their support for the Project and more intervention.