Cleanup action sweeping up Surulere, Lagos this Saturday

This Saturday, 8th of October, a civic-led cleanup action in Surulere, Lagos is bringing together thousands of volunteers, to rid the streets of illegal garbage. This cleanup action is a pre-event for the global volunteer action uniting 100 countries next year.

“Cleanup Surulere is a project that is geared towards cleaning the environment and making it clean and free from all forms of contaminated diseases or illness as a result of dirty environment. We focus on clearing all illegal waste from our compounds, streets and drainages,” says the head initiator of the Surulere action, Alex Akhigbe.

On the Clean up day which is October 8th, volunteers will gather at the Local Government by 8a m for briefing and flagging off the event by the Local Government Chairman, Lagos State Waste Management Authority, Lagos State Ministry of Environment, Maclean officials, Passion House Officials and other Volunteers. Then the people will spread to the divided areas to start the cleanup process.

Lagos state in NigeriaAkhigbe, who has successfully organized similar civic-led cleanup actions in the past, predicts that the amount of people engaged will be significant: “We expect to engage at least 2000 people.” The volunteers will be from very different parts of the society – “It cuts across, voluntary organisations, schools, churches, mosque, red cross society, local government officials, community based organisations, tertiary institution and so on,” added Akhigbe.

The waste that will be collected by the volunteers will be handled by another party involved in the cleanup, says Akhigbe: “After gathering the garbage, an agency that is responsible for the collection of waste in Lagos state, Nigeria we be part of the clean up and they will ensure that it is being carried away and handled properly.”

This action is part of a global civic movement “Let’s Do It!”, working towards targeting the illegal dumping issue, raising the awareness about sustainable waste handling, production and consumption on a local and global level. The movement is uniting volunteers from 100 countries for a big cleanup action taking place next year from 24th of March until 25th of September, named “World Cleanup 2012”.