Boulos takes cleaning campaign to Folu community
Last week, the Management and Staff of Boulos Enterprises, in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, held another session of the Clean Up Lagos Beach Campaign at Folu community in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State. The programme was aimed at improving the safety and other living conditions of the ecological system, especially for the fishermen and the fishing community, who are the major users of the four-stroke marine engine, which is an upgrade of the two-stroke engine that was banned by the Federal Government in 2012 because of its air pollution and the danger it posed to users’ health. They were thus encouraged to maintain good hygiene by cleaning up their environment.
While at the Folu community, Stanley Evans, General Sales and Marketing Manager of Boulos Enterprises, explained that, “the clean up Lagos beach campaign is part of our corporate social responsibility, especially the fishing community and to back up our claim of maintaining a clean and environmentally friendly society. With this campaign, we are sure that the community will be encouraged to take up the initiative and clean their environment very well, so as to live a healthy life. And this would go a long way to pass a message to Nigerians, because we deserve a clean environment.”
Though this was not the first time the organisation would be undertaking such exercise, but Evans said that was the first time Lagos State Government was partnering with them, as they believe in the vision of cleaning and restoring the beach to its original condition and maintaining a clean environment.
He said: “This campaign is in line with the Suzuki world policy of clean up campaign, which is being observed globally, both in developed and developing countries. Besides cleaning the beach, we also sensitise, educate and encourage the community. We equally communicate with them in their local language, as well as distribute t-shirts, face caps and notes books to them.”
Mr. Deji Badejo, Head of External Relations, Ministry of Environment, who represented Lagos State Ministry of Environment, expressed the ministry’s heart-felt pleasure over the good gesture and support of Boulos in maintaining a clean Lagos. He said it would further strengthen the mutual relationship existing between the company and the fishery community.
“We are here in partnership with the Boulos Enterprises to carry out a beach clean up campaign and to deliver to the people, especially in the communities, where Suzuki products are being used,” he said. “In line with the objective of this event and beyond, the ministry is desirous of seeing that we join hands with stakeholders to ensure a clean environments.
“This is going to be effective, because the Ministry of Environment, under the auspices of Lagos State Government, would set up the mechanism to monitor and ensure that this clean up project continues and yield positive results. We would come back and interact with the community and ensure that the clean up exercise generates a huge amount of interest and will further sensitise the community on the need to ensure a clean environment.”
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