Saturday 10, 2020, one of the biggest civic action against waste will be taking place across 18 communities across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria as we celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence. African Cleanup Initiative (ACI) happily announces that the Annual Green Independence Cleanup (GIC) which is being introduced to Nigerians shows another level of volunteering synergy for national building. This years’ edition of GIC is proudly sponsored by the Cocacola Foundation.

GIC is a national environmental exercise by ACI to mark the Nigerian independence. This exercise will be staged simultaneously across 18 communities across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

14 young Nigerians will be unveiled at the press briefing and these are the ones who will be staging GIC with any of the following events: sanitation, sensitization / advocacy, green rally and recycling challenge to mark the country’s 60th Independence.

Alex Akhigbe, Chief Environmental Officer, African Clean Up Initiative (ACI) noted that: “Aside celebrating Nigeria at 60, this project is a good platform to bring about a national awakening of the country’s consciousness to her environmental challenges. The commitment and zeal shown by these GIC Team Leads toward staging the GIC project in their states is a testimony that Nigeria will surmount all her challenges to become great again.

“I am highly elated and proud to present to you these 14 Nigerians who in spite of little or no support have worked vigorously towards executing the GIC in their states.

“With this great national clean up and sensitization project, GREEN INDEPENDENCE CLEANUP (GIC), we will collectively be making a bold statement that unity is the wheel of progress and social impact for any country.

“Let us not join other nationals to talk down at Nigeria. Rather join people and organisations like ACI, who are contributing their quota to uplifting the image of the country and promoting clean and healthy environment for her people,” he said.

According to the Communication Manager, Onyelekwe Blessing, the exercise is designed to arouse a national patriotic spirit towards addressing our environmental challenges, encourage the act of environmental volunteerism and promote good environmental practices among Nigerians. “Selection for team leads are person(s) or organisation(s) who are passionate, nation builders, ready to commit his/her time, energy or resources to achieve this humanitarian project and, have the capacity to mobilize and execute any of the determined / chosen exercises to mark the day.

GIC Team Leads that scaled through will be staging the GIC project in the following states: Lagos State, Oyo State, Rivers State, Osun State, FCT Abuja, Ogun State, Benue State, Kaduna State, Anambra State, Jigawa State, Kano State Some government, government agencies and organisation that endorsed the GIC project are: Oyo State Government, Kaduna State Government, Anambra State, Lagos State Ministry of Environment, Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), Oyo State Waste Management Authority (OYOWMA), Ekiti State Waste Management Authority (ESWMA) Anambra State Waste Management Authority (ASWMA), She stated.

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