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In 2001, we expanded our thematic areas to include waste recycling with the launch of our Refuse- to Riches Programme that attracted sponsorship from our first international Partners: The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), who supported the programme with $26,000 Canadian dollars.
This programme brought over 1500 waste scavengers in Ajegunle, Lagos suburb together to form a credit and thrift cooperation society known as “The Clean-Up Nigeria Waste Managers”, The Waste Managers were a group of people whom the Lagos state government had earlier banned their activities in view of the nuisance their activities constituted. Thus, in bringing the group to form a cooperative society, we were able to improve their living standards and provide them with visible means of livelihood through waste recycling.
Given the poor sanitation/hygiene practices in Lagos Markets, we designed a programme to engage the market women/men in the promotion of sanitation and hygiene practices tagged Sanitation Campaign Drive in Markets places where basis practical Hygiene/Sanitation measures and control are thought using teach-in methods, the spread of the programme to over 136 markets in Lagos lead to the introduction of the weekly(Thurdays) Clean-up in Lagos markets which later gave birth to the market sanitation Corp to help monitor, control and correct unsanitation habits of the market stakeholders.
Following the successful implementation of the sanitation Campaign drive in Lagos markets and our discovery that most markets and parks lack public Toilets to address the inadequacies of open defecation and urinating in the public places, we built through the support of cooperate bodies 10 (Ten) public toilets/baths in both markets and public motor parks in Lagos State. The Programme was later expanded to 22 (Twenty Two) additional states in Nigeria in the year 2003 with over 110 public toilets were built nationwide to date.
In order to monitor, implement and correct unsanitary habits of the people the Special Sanitation Corp Scheme in Lagos state was established to implement the waste in place programme statewide: the scheme was eventually extended to eight states of the Federation following demands from the states, the project was spread across the six geo-political zones of the country while 15 additional states were added in 2004 to help address indiscriminate waste disposal in public places nationwide.
The great Clean-up Nigeria Campaign Project was flagged of in 2004 and took place every last Saturday of the months from 7-10am nationwide to help people Clean-Up their communities and ensure safer disposal of waste backlog generated during the month.
The scheme took off in 2003 in Lagos state where we supported the state in sourcing sanitation equipment such as: wheel borrows, shovels, Hand gloves, Disposal bags, waste Bins, rakes and 15 waste compacting trucks from international donor agencies and corporate bodies in Nigeria. The equipments were donated to market sanitation Crops, Clean-up Club in schools and Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to enhance their work load.
In 2001-2004 we expanded the donation of equipments and waste compacting trucks to 11 (Eleven) other states of the federation spread across the six geo-political zones of the country.
In 2006 Clean-up Nigeria became the country coordinator’s of the International coastal Clean-up, a project organized by Ocean Conservancy USA. From 2006-2012, the annual clean-up in Lagos bar Beach and Eket beach in Akwa Ibom State were regular events, where marina debris were collected and beautification of the coastal lines took place.
The voluntary participation of individuals and groups from the initial 1500 persons in 2006 rose to over 7500 participant during the annual event to date.
Since 1996 we have trained over 4200 community based organizations nationwide on environmental education and sponsored 1275 community based projects on water, sanitation and tree planting. These projects have far reaching benefits for the country and the world in general.
We continue to provide subsidized consultancy services using our expertise to provide free consultancy services to states, local councils and the Federal government from project conception to implementation, monitoring and sourcing of waste management equipment facilities in the country for the benefiting communities.
We have also applied our expertise to respond to demands from states, local councils and CBO’s to carry out environmental impact Assessment on 1400 projects since 2000 at submission rate that is spread across the country.
To date we have assisted 3182 CBO’s nationwide with seed grants to fund Mini-Projects and projects ranging from sinking, borehole, tree planting, recycling programme, travels, and proposal writings.
In our drive to up the gains on Cleanliness Index ratings in the country, through the use of scientific data base that involves physical verifications and deployment of the satellite imagery system year round. We came up with an annual study project tagged “Cleanliness Performance Index ratings of all states/Towns of the Federation” in which we carry out monthly studies to rate the 36 states and all towns/cities in Nigeria using five variable as indicators year round. Namely:
The study is carries out by a 15 member National Technical Study Group (NTSG) of experts chosen randomly from the media, academia, youth/women group, government Agencies, Environmentalist and other professional groups to help inspire and reward their cleanliness performance, ratings.
In 2017 – 2022 Nigeria with a population of over 250 million people over took India with 1.4 billion people back to back in open defecation studies carried out by WHO. This development escalated our End-Open Defecation campaign drive nationwide with the building of 102 public toilets in 18 states of the Federation as a practical example to help curb the nuisance and mount constructive campaign to ending open defecation in Nigeria as our contribution.
The campaign has since been sustained and extended to all the 36 states of the federation with the desire to attract more corporate bodies and government at all levels to buy into the building of more public toilets nationwide in addition to sensitization and awareness campaigns mounted nationwide to end open defecation.
In addition to the wash campaign, we recently launched the safe drinking water project in which we have provided additional 55 water boreholes in communities who are drastically affected in North-East, North-West and North-Central communities in the country.
To create a country where every community in our nation’s 774 LGA’s, 36 States + FCT is clean, Green, and have safe drinking water individual and group participation, where individual responsibilities and our collective actions is required.
To achieve and sustain this vision CUN extends our reach out on our initiatives and multiplies the impact of our actions through partnership with array of organizations by developing public private partnership which has been a common thread throughout our history and an essential ingredient of our heritage.
Clean-up Nigeria gratefully acknowledge the corporate, Non-profit educational institution, groups, government agencies and many others whose financial support, sponsorship, grants, volunteers and in-kind contribution have significantly advance our mission and impact on the possibilities of our works.
In our efforts to reach out to the less privilege and the needy in our society we launched out Project YES- WE -CARE as a way of giving back to the society. we make quarterly donations of clothing's, mattresses, furniture, shoes, household/Kitchen utilities, bicycles, toys, food items etc to organized charities and welfare homes for senior citizens, and rural constituencies. Presently we support over 55 charities and 206 rural communities nationwide most of whom are our volunteers during outreach clean-up campaign exercises nationwide.
Our partners contribute more than financial support, they contribute their expertise and ideas, their time and the power of their volunteers, all help us empower communities, the nation and the world in general. Contact Us now.
Your generosity allows us to sustain and expand our programme, offering funds to community improvement projects in 774 LGA’s, 36 States +FCT of Nigeria and provide the means needed to make meaningful and lasting impact on environment and healthy living in our country Nigeria.
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