The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has received the Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation grant to champion the cause of proper waste separation, management and disposal in select markets in the Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The Director-General of NCF, Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, said this in Abuja on Wednesday, May 1, adding that the foundation has consequently kickstarted a waste management campaign in some markets in the council.
He said, “This is geared towards making our environment sustainable and habitable for future generations.
“As part of the objective of the project, titled: ‘Improving Community-Market Sustainability in Waste Management’ in Ijebu North LGA, Ogun State, it hopes to reduce the threat and health risks posed by dirty environments while empowering the beneficiaries to take responsibility for proper sanitation in the markets.
“Before the intervention of this project, the markets did not have such waste management facility characterising the market place with heaps of waste dumps sighted across the market.
“It will also build capacity of Health and Sanitation Officers in Ijebu North LGA to further smoothen the relationship of the officers and market traders toward better sanitation in the area.”
The Director, Environmental Sanitation, Ijebu North LGA called on market traders to take the issue of sanitation seriously so as to preempt infectious diseases.
Aminu-Kano also pointed out that a similar waste management campaign that was carried out in 2017/2018 in communities of Eti-Osa LGA in Lagos, was a huge success.
The current campaign which kickstarted in September 2018 will run for 12 months in the respective markets: Obada Station I & II; Ojowo Atikori; Awa; Mamu; Oru/Awa; and Ago-Iwoye.
“It has been divided into five major phases: Market Entry; Market Sensitisation; Clean up Exercise; Monitoring & Evaluation; and Post Project Supervision.
“We carried out sensitisation and clean up exercises at Obada Station market and Ojowo-Atikori market, where market women and men trouped out in their hundreds to participate,” he further said.
Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation is a grant making nonprofit organisation established in 2016 to support local, national and regional non – profit organisations working to address challenges and associated vulnerabilities across the African Continent.