Thursday, the 23rd of July 2020 is a day the people of Alagbado community Lagos State will not forget in a hurry as African Clean Up Initiative together with other partners (AIICO Insurance, African Youth and talent summit, Wevo, Wecyclers, Inspired Next Initiative, and Yagazie Foundation) with about 26 volunteers, went into Alagbado community for Recyclespay Covid-19 Support and #MaskUpSlum Project which is proudly sponsored by Coca-Cola Foundation.

The African Clean Initiative team together with the partners and Volunteers converged at the venue No. 84-92 Suberu road, Casso Bus stop, Alagbado Lagos State by 9am with a welcome address by Mrs. Blessing Onyelekwe, the Communications 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 ably represented by the Communications Manager of the African Clean Up Initiative Mrs. Blessing Onyelekwe sensitized members of the community around about the projects which are the Recyclespay Covid-19 Support Project and #MaskUpSlum Project. She 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 Jordan FM and Nigeria Express correspondents, Mrs. Blessing mentioned that this project is an avenue to promote environmental sustainability and responsibility in the community especially during this period of rain which has caused flooding as a result of blocked drainage and also introduce Recycling activity to the community and much more supporting them in this period of Covid-19 pandemic which is known to have affected low income communities which is the reason they are giving double amount for every kg of Recyclables recovered.

She also mentioned, from observation Children represent about 90% of the total population of Beneficiaries who turned out for the event and while she spoke to some of the children they said their parents were ashamed to come out for a thing like what is happening. She then encouraged people that Recycling is not a shameful act instead the dirtiness of their environment is, which she further explained that Our health is our wealth and a clean environment is tantamount to an healthy person. She also said the problem of plastic pollution can be solved if everyone take responsibility together.

 

She praised the actions of members of the community who came with wheel barrows, bus, Tricycles and Vans to convey their recyclables to the venue and said it’s obvious we can together stop the menace called plastic pollution.

This intervention 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 Alagbado 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. Abosede Yunusa who we tagged Beneficiary of the day , a private school teacher whose husband also lost his Job during the Covid-19 pandemic was very glad to be part of the project as it had not been so easy to feed her six children but on hearing about the Double Double project made her to start picking plastics and the total she brought was 341kg which is worth 13,640. Her Child also got a gift of #5000 from the CEO of African Clean Up Initiative Mr. Alex Akhigbe. She thanked Coca-Cola Foundation, Africa Cleanup Initiative, The CEO and all the Partners for organizing this kind of project.

 

Another beneficiary Mrs. Folashade Osoba a trader, described the project as a great initiative as it has helped keep their community clean. She then thanked Coca-Cola Foundation for supporting this project.

 

 

 

Another Beneficiary Maryam Sulaimon a trader, described the project as a great one as her kids went all out to pick plastics beyond her Imagination. She then thanked Coca-Cola Foundation for supporting this project.

 

 

 

The Communications manager of African Cleanup Initiative, Mrs. Blessing Onyelekwe in her closing remarks thanked the Coca-Cola Foundation for their support and the other partners for the success of the project.
The Outreach was brought to an official end by the visit of African CleanUp Initiative team to the Baale of Suberu Oje, Alhaji Taofeek Ajani Subair who received the team with great joy and pledged his support for the Project and more intervention.

 

The total recovered recyclables collected from the Alagbado recyclespay Covid-19 support project is: Pet bottles 1486.63kg.