Various youth clubs, initiatives, and volunteers came out to participate in an environmental cleanup project tagged “Ibadan Plastic Pick-up Challenge” over the weekend in Ibadan, Nigeria.
The exercise which started in front of Palms Mall culminated at Iyana Adeoyo roundabout, Ringroad axis. The challenge was organized by a creative agency, Prismatic Ideas, in collaboration with the Oyo State Solid Waste Management Board, the LEO Club, African Clean-up Initiative, Rotaract Club, and other individual volunteers and media partners.
Addressing the media during the exercise, the Team Lead, Prismatic Ideas, Juwonlo Dahunsi, stated that the objective of the plastic pick-up challenge is to enhance a clean and sustainable environment in Ibadan.
He said that the exercise is a little way for the agency to contribute to the development of the society where it operates and also encourage a healthy environment in the city of Ibadan, as plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges that is constituting a global hazard, not leaving out the city of Ibadan.
“Plastics make up 70 per cent of items causing water pollution, blocking drainages and resulting in floods. We believe that the task of addressing this menace will have to be that of collaboration rather isolation; that was why we collaborated with other groups, and individuals. We made it a challenge so that it can be fun-packed and also to encourage team work among the different groups present,” Juwonlo stated.
The District President of the Leo Clubs present, Leo Ayoola Olatunji, stated that the club as a humanitarian service club has over the years been involved in several environmental projects. “We are glad to be part of this Ibadan plastic pick-up challenge. One of our five major global causes in the Leo Club is environment- its sustainability and restoration, and that is why we are here”, Ayoola declared.
Rotaractor Chibueze Ukaegbu who represented Rotaractor Olaitan Sekinat Sataar, the president, Rotaract Club of Felele expressed his delight to be part of the plastic pick-up initiative. He encouraged all youths to be hygiene-conscious and volunteer to be a part of any of the humanitarian groups within their zones.