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We must have heard the proverb “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. Well, cleanliness is very important to our health, social and even economic growth. A number of initiatives have sprung up to address the issue of environmental hazards and pollutions.
One of such initiatives started as far back as 2010, when a young man embarked on a clean-up project that has positively changed many communities in Nigeria. His name is Alexander Akhigbe, the founder of African Clean Up Initiative (ACI).
ACI is a non-profit organization focused on “raising environmentally responsible citizens”. The organization is based in Lagos and since it was founded, they have embarked on over 20 sanitation projects carried out by over 5000 volunteers.
Alex, having grown up in a poor hygiene environment and experiencing the negative effects unclean surroundings have on the health of the people, he was motivated to bring a lasting solution to such communities.
In collaborations with Lagos State Ministry of Environment, RecyclePoints, Greenhill Recyling and many other organizations, ACI has undertaken Clean-Up Ajegunle, Clean-Up Mushin, Clean-Up Abuja, Green Independence Rally etc. Both nationally and internationally, Alex has been recognized and awarded.
In 2019, ACI entered into partnership with Morit International School on an educational project called ‘Recycles Pay Education Product’. Through this initiative, many parents who lack the finances to pay their children’s tuitions can now afford it through the sales of littered plastic bottles.
The parents collect these empty pet bottles from the streets in their communities. ACI serves as a connector between the parents and the recycling companies for a price.
These parents are solving two problems at once; keeping the environment clean and raising funds for their children’s education, thanks to ACI.
Many parents have testified of the benefits of the project and its importance to their personal hygiene.
Akhigbe has convened Campus Clean-up Project and African Clean-Up Conference and Award. He is in partnership with Clean-Up the World Project in Australia and Let’s do it World Clean-up in Estonian. He has served as the South-West Coordinator (Nigeria) for Africa Youth Initiative on Climate Change (Gambia). He is also a member of the Chambers of Computer and Logistic People in India.