JCI Oluyole, Let’s Do it! Nigeria, Oyo Military and others unite efforts for Oyo Cleanup Project
Saturday, February 24th, 2018; Oyo, Nigeria
2018 is the year of the biggest civic action in the World. On 15th of September 2018; millions of volunteers around the globe will come together and clean up millions of tons of trash – it is the World Cleanup Day 2018. For the first time, Nigeria will be a part of this global movement by joining over 150 other countries and 20 million citizens around the globe to organize a national cleanup in all the 36 states of the Federation on a single day.
One thing that Oyo State was known for from time immemorial was its dirty state, due to its poor refuse management. The refuse was so overwhelming that the ancient city was labeled one of the dirtiest in Nigeria and Africa. Anywhere one turned to, expressways, major roads, feeder roads, residential areas were overrun with notorious heaps of refuse. It was so bad that the first thing to be noted by strangers on entering the city even at the major motor parks in tollgate, Iwo Road, and Ojoo were annoying stinking refuse.
As a build up to the World Cleanup Day; JCI Oluyole will organize a pilot cleanup exercise on February 24th, 2018 in Oyo State – an inland state in the south-western Nigeria. The cleanup exercise would be carried out in collaboration with Let’s Do it! Nigeria (LDIN); Oyo state solid waste Management Agency; Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp; Civil -Military Relationship department of the Nigeria Army Force Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, Ojo Ibadan.
According to the 2018 JCI Oluyole President, Kodaolu Oluwasola Abiodun,
“We are approaching the raining season and there is a need to sensitize people on the dangers improper wastes management can cause in the country; starting from the outbreak of diseases to the incessant flooding as a result of blocked drainages experienced in some part of the country. JCI Oluyole will advocate for proper waste management in the state; that will focus on discouraging littering and preach more about recycling.”
The project is scheduled to commence by 6:30am on February 24th, 2018 and the starting point is from Oja Oba, Ibadan.
World Cleanup Day is a wakeup call for everyone in the whole world. It is an opportunity to showcase how young people can take action towards making our environment better.”
This CLEAN UP exercise tagged “Let’s Do it Campaign, Let’s Do It! Is not only about cleaning up waste, We as JCI Oluyole members intend to unite and Partner with other Civic, Private and government Organizations as well as the media in our community to raise awareness and Implement true change to achieve a clean and healthy Society and to greater extent a clean and healthy Nigeria, The fact is, waste has a nasty little habit of not staying in one place, as trash begins to decompose, harmful chemicals and toxins begin to leak. First, into the soil, then spread into water and air-the very two important things we all depend on for a healthy life, Drinking dirty waters, Spreading diseases, red flag air pollution days…these are all related in some ways to the waste we produce and we fail to properly dispose, The amount of waste that has been wrongly and awkwardly disposed around our market Places and on some of our Road median in Ibadan calls for the immediate actions of concerned citizens in the society like members of the Junior Chamber International Oluyole
For more information about the campaign, kindly visit: www.worldcleanupday.org and www.letsdoitworld.org