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Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF)

To reduce the threats and health risks posed by the dirty environment, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has carried out advocacy campaigns which centred on hygienic living in communities located in Ogun state.

During the exercise, traders in six selected markets that include, Obada Station I & II, Ojowo Atikori, Awa, Mamu, Oru/Awa, and Ago-Iwoye were sensitised on the relevance of ensuring a clean and healthy environment and were led in a market clean-up exercise.

Also, some participants were trained on how to ensure waste disposal/management and improving community engagement for hygiene. The training was designed to develop the capacity of 40 environmental health officers selected from the Local Council Development Authorities in Ijebu.

 
Participants learned new skills on waste disposal and management; community relations and engagement for efficient waste management; culture of proper sanitation and role of environmental health officers.

The projects were carried out based on a grant received from the Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation (ACT Foundation). ACT Foundation established in 2016 is a grant-making non-profit organisation hinged on four pillars, health, entrepreneurship, environment and leadership. In 2017, 22 non-governmental organisations including the NCF benefitted from the first grant cycle of the foundation. 

NCF received Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation grant to advocate for actions that promote proper waste separation, management and disposal in selected communities, geared towards making our environment sustainable and habitable for future generations. 

A senior official of NCF, Oladapo Soneye said: “We commenced a Waste Management Advocacy campaign in Ijebu North Local Council Development Authority (LCDA) in April. In furtherance of our Waste Management Advocacy, a workshop was organised for the Environmental Health Officers in Ijebu North LCDA in July”.

He said, “With the support of the ACT Foundation, we donated 240L Waste bins for the use of over 1,000 market traders in Obada Station I & II, Ojowo Atikori, Awa, Mamu, Oru/Awa, and Ago-Iwoye.


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