NIGERIA – Sahara Foundation and Lagos State Employment Trust Fund have announced their strategic partnership geared towards rolling out a series of recycling exchange hubs across 12 local government areas in the state.
In a statement by Sahara Foundation said that the project is being implemented by Wecyclers, a social enterprise with expertise in recycling.
It is aimed at promoting responsible environmental stewardship and encouraging the adoption of recycling as a socio-cultural practice to drive desired behavioral change in waste management in the state.
In line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 11 and 17 which speak to Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Partnerships for the Goals, this tripartite partnership will help promote a sustainable Lagos.
It will also create job opportunities, empower host communities, strengthen the economy, increase access to healthcare and improve lives and livelihoods across the state, said the company.
Ejiro Gray, Director, Sustainability and Governance, Sahara Group said: “At Sahara foundation, one of our key pillars is supporting and promoting sustainable societies.
“With this partnership, we are helping to create viable communities across the state by fostering a sustainable and circular economy through recycling.”
Gray further stated that the rollout of these recycling exchange hubs will help educate people about the benefits of recycling, significantly impact lives and livelihoods in the host communities, and provide members of the communities with the opportunity to capture value from their waste through incentive-based recycling.
Gray commended the partners for their commitment to promoting sustainability and supporting a green Lagos.
Commenting on the partnership, the Executive Secretary, LSETF, Teju Abisoye said: “The partnership is strategic to scale waste to wealth creation in Lagos State.”
She noted that the project is dear to LSETF as it is the first primary project of the Fund in the green energy space and a start to creating a million Jobs that are guaranteed to promote a sustainable Lagos for many.
Abisoye added that LSETF is fully committed to empowering Lagos residents and establishing these recycling exchange hubs will help provide economic opportunities for the host communities.
Launched in 2016 by the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund Law 2016, LSETF’s goal is to tackle unemployment and promote entrepreneurship in Lagos State by empowering its residents with job and wealth creation opportunities.
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