Givanas Industry Embarks On Communities And Waterfront Clean-up Exercise
Industry Nigeria Limited has embarked on a cleaning-up exercise of beaches and communities in Lagos State, as part of its efforts to promote cleaner and safer environment for residents, especially as the Yuletide begins.
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The cleaning, which started with Takwa Bay Beach at about 9 am on Saturday, was facilitated by Givanas Charitable Foundation, Stand Out For Environmental Restoration Initiative and Gidiscrap Initiative.
According to the company, the exercise is part of its health and environmental-driven corporate social responsibility. It also disclosed that the exercise provided an avenue for its employees and various volunteers to engage the communities in keeping a clean and sustainable environment.
Speaking at the event, the National Coordinator, GCF, Mrs Fatima Akinlesi, said Tarkwa Bay Beach was chosen for a start because of its tourist attractions as well as the need to keep it tidy, safe and healthy, especially as the festive season begins.
She said, “The beach clean-up was launched to give our employees a forum to engage the community in discussions surrounding health and environment to enable them to lend a helping hand in creating a cleaner environment. This exercise is going to be carried out on a quarterly basis and we hope to cover all the communities in the state. It is a way we are providing our voluntary service to the community to ensure we have a safer environment.”
Akinlesi, therefore, advised people to be conscious of their environment by avoiding activities and behaviours detrimental to the environment. She said that actions such as throwing dirt into rivers would affect the waterways, block drainages, gutters and cause environmental hazards such as flooding, germs and other epidemics.
Akinlesi explained that beyond the cleaning up, the company would continue to sensitise the residents on environmental safety while installing a mechanism to ensure they continue to have a clean and sustainable environment.
“We are proud to assist Lagos State in any way we can to provide a clean and sustainable environment for residents. We begin with the Tarkwa Bay because we are aware that during this festive period, families all across the country will like to visit the beach. We felt it useful to ensure it is tidy and ready for use. We are also installing mobile plastic drums at strategic locations in the beach where people can dispose their thrash,” she said.
“We need to clean our environment and our beaches, we want to make it better so that it will be germ-free. We implore every one of us to do their bit. Most of the time, people used stuff and throw them away and these things find their ways on our water channels and drainages and come back to hurt us. We should imbibe the culture of disposing of our wastes through the appropriate means. A safer environment is everybody’s business.”
Also speaking during the exercise, one of the facilitators and the Executive Director, Stand Out For Environmental Restoration Initiative, Mr Emmanuel Sofa, said, “the organisations were collaborating to ensure attitudinal change for everybody geared towards ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all.”
The Founder, Gidiscrap Initiative, a recycling company, Mr Victor Igonoh, on his part, advised the people to stop littering the environment because the thrashes could end up in wrong places and come back to affect the environment.