Lagos, Nigeria – December 12, 2017- Africa Clean Up Initiative (ACI), an environmental non-governmental organization marked her seventh years anniversary with one week of impact-driven activities. Unveils African Clean Up Magazine, an environmental magazine envisioned to promote environmental education particularly at the grassroots.
The one week event, 4th – 10th December, 2017 to mark the organization’s green foot print in the environmental sector was ladded with activities such as: An excursion to University of Lagos Recycling Unit, Twitter Engagement with respected environmentalists – Mazi Ukonu, CEO, RecyclePoints, Jennifer Uchendu, CEO, Susty Vibes and Alex Okolie, Co-founder and CEO, Eco-Care Organisation, Online appreciation of ACI Volunteers, A facility visit and clean up exercise at Ojuwoye market in Mushin and the climax of the one week event was ACI Dinner and Award night. Award of Recognition was given to well deserving personalities and organization into community development and environmental sustainability. The night also featured the unveil and launch of the African Clean Up Magazine, an environmental magazine that will be freely distributed to support the promotion of environmental education in Africa.
Mr. Ola Oresanya, former Lagos State Waste Management Authotity (LAWMA) Boss and MD, Globetech Remedial Ltd; Desmond Majekodunmi, Chairman, LUFASI Park; Ugochi Oluigbo, Award Winning Journalist and TVC Presenter, Green Angle; Remi Dairo, President, Institute of Productivity and Business Innovation Management (IPBIM); John Enabudoso, CEO, LGD Entertainment; Amb. Dr. Prince Kazeem Eletu Odibo, CEO, Kazeem Royal Properties Ltd and OVH Energy Marketing Limited were some of the awardees at the event. These personalities and organization were awarded for having promoted environmental sustainability and community development as well as having supported the organization in the last seven years.
Speaking at the event, Mr. AlexGREAT Akhigbe, the Chief Environmental Officer of ACI noted that the organization started operations with her Clean-up Nigeria Project in 2010 at Ajegunle. According to him, African Clean Up Initiative (ACI) is an environmental non-governmental organization registered with Corporate Affairs Commission with a commitment to environmental sustainability and protection, environmental advocacy and education and community development in Africa.
“In the last 7 years, African Clean Up Initiative (ACI) has contributed immensely to environmental advocacy, environmental volunteerism and community development in Nigeria.
“Through the ACI platform we run the Clean Up Nigeria Project, African Clean Up Conference and Award, Green Footprints, Environmental Sustainability Summit and publication of the African Clean Up Magazine which will be distributed freely to address the dearth of environmental education in Africa.
“We also address the health and social needs of low-income communities with our Beyond Waste Project. And also organize workshops and fun and impact-driven events for our volunteers.
“With the mantra – Raising Environmentally Responsible Citizens – African Clean Up Initiative (ACI) in the years ahead is driven to promoting environmental education, environmental health and advocacy through ACI cell units with the aim of fulfilling her vision for Africa,” he said.
On board the Clean-Up Nigeria project, ACI has organized thirteen major clean-up exercises: [(Clean – up Ajegunle Project (December 2010), Clean – up Mushin Project (March 2011), Clean – up Amukoko Project (June 2011), Clean – up Surulere Project (October 2011), Clean – up Oshodi Project (December 2012), Project Clean and Recycle (December 2013), Clean – up Makoko Project (June 2014), Clean – up Ketu Project (June 2015), Clean – up Papa Ajao Project (March 2016), Clean – up Jemtok Project (July 2016), Clean – up Ilupeju Project (August 2016), Obafemi Awolowo University Campus Clean – up Project (October 2016), and Clean – up Isolo Project (February 2017)].
More so, ACI started in 2016, an international conference that have been held in Nigeria and Ghana.
The organization created this platform – African Clean Up Conference and Award for Africans to discuss and address their peculiar environmental challenges as well as celebrate their successes.
Aside ACI’s impact at community level with her Clean-up Nigeria Projects and Beyond Waste Projects, the organization has made good success in raising consciousness to environmental volunteerism. Hence, the organization has a growing Green Tribe of committed environmental volunteers. These men and women across Africa are environmental experts and enthusiasts with a mandate to promote an informed, cleaner and healthier Africa.