The YALI NETWORK LAGOS in partnership with SWEEP (Statewide Waste and Environmental Education Foundation), an initiative of Philips Phillips Ozoemena Obuesi embarked on a walk to create awareness on dumping of indiscriminate waste and its effect on our environment.

This historic walk began from Ikeja Underbridge and ended at the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja on the 8th of September, 2020.

Yali Lagos Network Coordinator Ruhama Ifere while speaking to the First Lady of Lagos, Dr. Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu commended Lagos State Government’s effort in championing the implementations of the SDG’s goal in Lagos State.

Ruhamah Ifere said sanitation remains a problem in Lagos State and can not be ignored.

Ruhamah Ifere also mentioned that the United Nations has highlighted the lack of clean water and sanitary conditions as a major hindrance to socio-economic development.

Ruhamah Ifere noted that there is a need for people to take responsibility and safeguard the environment.

She said this exercise is meant to create more awareness of the need and importance of preserving our drainage system, especially during this rainy season in order to avert any form of the mishap as recorded almost every year.

Ruhamah Ifere pointed out that waste should be disposed of properly especially plastic bottles as these constitute a major blockage to our drainage system.

She said such waste should be recycled and used for other things which is another form of revenue for the state and would also create jobs for some young people.

She admonished everyone present on the need for people to frown at the act of leaving and dumping waste in drainages and gutter as it’s a collective responsibility of every Lagosian to be involved in putting a stop to this ” I don’t care attitude”

Ruhamah Ifere noted while speaking to Yalitv correspondent Blessing Jessica Bondze that cleaning up the state, country and the world at large cannot be the sole responsibility of sweepers.

She urged everyone to continue to advocate for a cleaner Lagos and invariably a cleaner world.

Ruhamah Ifere concluded with the scriptural quote ” Cleanliness is next to Godliness”.

Report by Blessing Jessica Bondze