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As part of its commitment to a clean environment, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nigeria is partnering with the Lagos Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), states and local councils to clean, paint, renovate public institutions, and market, erect street name posts, and collect seaweed and garbage from waterfront.

The exercise is part of activities for it’s 13th annual All Africa Service Project (AASP) on August 17 across the country.

AASP has since inception reached about 1,400 communities. According to the church’s National Public Affairs Director, the church is partnering LAWMA and NTA Channel 10 to remove illegal dumpsites at Boundary roundabout in Ajegunle and Afljalo roundabout in Mafoluku. Also, the Ewutuntun Primary School, Mafoluku will receive a face-lift offered by about 1,000 church members with community volunteers. Abuja project will include painting of kerbstones from the Wuse market to Berger Junction while in Benin, the Ring road will have a facelift through painting and landscaping. The Aba School of Hygiene and NTA Channel 6 will have its buildings painted and roads enumerated.

“About 80,000 adult members of the Church and 5,000 non-members will offer about 255,000 free man-hour of service to the Nigeria community in the service project.

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Speaking on the project, Elder Christian Chigbundu, said, “We want the world to know what we are doing as a church and our effort in giving back to the society through the All Africa Service Project where every member of the church in Africa gathered together to give back to the society.

We do not only focus on cleaning; we paint roads, feel potholes, we repaint police stations, schools, and prison among others. What we are doing depends on what our church wants to do in their host community.

Responding to the question on the visit of the Church to Osun Shrine and offered to repair the dilapidated bridge, Asiebakome Akortha, said, “we believe that all of us are one irrespective of our religion and as it affects me in my family, so will it also affect a Muslim family. We discovered that there are issues and things all of us need to put the hand together and work together to help society.

“The tenet of every religion is good; the administrators of those religions may be extremists so, we identify with other religions to work together to help humanity. The drive is to bring all together so that all of us may focus on helping each other as brothers and sisters in society.

On other projects by the church, he said, “the church has five focal projects that we do; we donate wheelchairs and other materials to special people and we have a project that we call the vision outreach where members of the public are attended to in rendering free eye operation, medication and eye-glasses. We have another project called Neonatal that focuses on saving the newborn babies and so the church engages in train the trainers, we train the trainers, provide equipment to hospitals and other health facilities to help to save the babies and the mothers, we also have the Clean water project and Open defecation; the church embark on that project to provide water to communities and we are doing advocacy by telling the public that it is not good to participate in open defecation so to help in doing so, we are building toilets in public institution in market, motor parks and in schools to be able to help curb the menace of open defecation.

On partnering with other religious body, he said, “Our approach is to identify the need that is common to us and to them and then working together without mentioning our belief; we do not want to convert them to join our religion, we identify the need of the society that affects other faith-based organization and then works together to provide that, we do not discriminate.


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