Saturday, the 5th of September 2020 is a day the people of Ilupeju community Lagos State will not forget as African Cleanup Initiative together with other partners (Wevo, Wecyclers, Inspired Next Initiative, Inside Out With Agatha Foundation, Rave TV, Odi-olowo/ojuwoye LCDA with about 35 volunteers went for the Recyclespay Covid-19 Support and #MaskUpSlum Project which is proudly sponsored by Coca-Cola Foundation.

At about 8am, the people of Ilupeju were already gathered. A welcome address was given by the African Cleanup Initiative (ACI) Communication Manager, Mrs. Blessing Onyelekwe. She spoke about the essence of the exercise and thanked everyone for taking time to be part of the exercise.

Mr. Alexander Akhigbe, the Chief Environmental Officer (CEO) of African Cleanup Initiative, introduced the projects to the people of Ilupeju who were gathered and already had their recyclables ready to be collected, which is meant for the Recyclespay Covid-19 Support Project and #MaskUpSlum Project.
He explained that the project is a way of giving palliative to the community so as to help relieve them of the Impact of 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 give them facemask as a means to further curb community transmission of the pandemic

In his comment while speaking to Rave tv correspondent, Mr Akhigbe mentioned that African Cleanup Initiative has been working with iIlupeju community on the Recyclespay educational program for a while which is one of the reason why the Intervention was brought to their locality.

He also said these interventions was made possible with the support of the Coca-Cola Foundation, and other Individuals and organisations that partnered with us.

Mr Shedrack Bright who is the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager of African Cleanup Initiative kicked off the activity of the day by assigning he volunteers nto group of 5. 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 Ilupeju 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 benefitted from this timely intervention.

Mr. Lanre, who we tagged beneficiary of the day was very glad to be part of beneficiary of the intervention and said He was born and brought up in the community, the school used for the project was the school he attended as a primary school student. He expressed his joy for being given the opportunity to be part of the planning committee for the intervention as it enabled him to influence the people of his community positively by educating them on the need for a cleaner environment. He thanked Coca-Cola Foundation and Africa Cleanup Initiative for organising this kind of project.

Another beneficiary, Mrs. Racheal described the project as a good one which has helped in cleaning her surroundings and also make some money for the up keep of her family. She thanked Coca-Cola Foundation for supporting this project.

Mrs. Modupe a beneficiary stated how glad he is at the project as it helped in cleaning her environment and as well provide money for her. She also said she would start informing people around her to keep their PET bottles. She thanked Coca-Cola Foundation and African Cleanup Initiative for a project like this.

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