Volunteers led by the Sterling One Foundation have recovered 1, 208kg of solid wastes and 35.2kg of recyclables from Eleko Beach during a two-hour clean up exercise to celebrate World Environment Day.
The Sterling One Foundation programme at Eleko Beach will last 52 weeks and is aimed at ridding Eleko coastline of dirt and toxins, bringing alive the theme of this year’s World Environment Day, ‘Ecosystem Restoration.’
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The CEO of Sterling One Foundation, Mrs. Peju Ibekwe, in a statement said the Foundation believes that it is nearly impossible to live a healthy life, conduct business and create wealth amidst waste or in a toxic envronment.
“Without clean air, water, land, and energy, our collective humanity is endangered. Therefore, to safeguard humanity, it becomes necessary for all – the private sector, civil society groups, government, and individuals – to heed the clarion call to keep our environment orderly and functional through sustainable living actions and regular cleaning,” she said.
According to the statement, the 125 volunteers were drawn from Rite Foods, Sterling Bank, Nigerian Donors, Proshare, Bonnie Bio Biodegradable, and African Cleanup Initiative to restore the beach to its pristine natural state.
The Baale of Eleko, Chief Gbadebo Fatai Labiya, mobilised the community to join the exercise. He commended Sterling One Foundation and other partners for their support. Chief Labiya called on the Lagos State government to prioritise the development and transformation of the ‘Eleko Beach’ into a strategic tourism destination.