Environment and Waste Pollution Volunteer Corps
A SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVE TO DRIVE COMMUNITIES INVOLVEMENT IN ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS AND SANITATION, PROMOTE SUPPORT FOR THE LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT’S ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
…Engaging all communities in waste disposal and management
The vision of Lagos State to become Africa’s Model Megacity and Global Economic and Financial Hub is presently encumbered by an estimated population of Twenty Two (22) Million people and generating over 14,000 metric tons of waste daily, making the state Africa’s most populated city.
The growing mass of both consumer and industrial waste results in increasing problems with disposal. Many communities and citizens lack necessary information on adequate waste management systems. As a result, there is urgent need to establish a citizens driven and community based volunteer corps on environmental waste management systems.
The Office of the First Lady, Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwolu, will inaugurate FIRST LADY MARSHALS Volunteer Corps as a special community to community interventionist program designed to arrest the declining Lagos environment from further decadence, and for the immediate restoration of the Lagos environment.
- To involve 5,700 youth in ridding the Lagos environment of filth/garbage
- To install 5,700 recycle banks across the 57 LGAs/LCDAs for the sorting and collection of recyclable wastes
- Support participating women and youth to become active agents for sustainable environmental development
- Promote local communities as pivotal to changing attitudes towards environment
The program will see the First Lady Marshals mobilise, promote and carry out sanitation activities around public spaces within their immediate local environment.
The First Lady Marshals Volunteer Corps will reward participating communities with a yearly award:
- First Lady Market of the Year
- First Lady Motor Park of the Year
- First Lady LGA/LCDA of the Year
- First Lady CDC/CDA of the Year
- Clearing of blocked drainages and canals
- Collection of discarded but recyclable waste
- Planting of trees on selected public spaces
- Evacuation of wastes from unauthorized refuse dumps:
- Advocacy awareness to motor parks, markets, industries and public schools