National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Coker/Ibogun LCDA Chapter came out in their large numbers on Saturday, 24th of November, 2018 to clean up their community and to sensitize residents of the LCDA.
Residents that the youth interacted with were highly cooperative and commended them for a well done job. The chairman of the LCDA, Hon. Olujuwon Gbadebo as well as Head of Local Government Administration (HOLGA) of the LCDA, Alhaji Ayo Lemose who were also part of the programme applauded the youth.
Anjorin CDA chairman, Imam Afeez Bolaji who joined the youth when they got to his CDA commended the youth for the brilliant programme. “Is a very good development at least to help the community in terms of awareness, if they can be doing this all the time it will gear up people to be doing environmental sanitation regularly,” he said.
Comrade Adebowale Saheed, Cordinator, NYCN, Coker/Ibogun LCDA Chapter shed more light on the programme as well as its effects. He said: “We are using today’s programme to enlighten people about cleanliness of their environment because cleanliness is next to Godliness. We are also using this opportunity to create more awareness about NYCN
“This programme is going to have a very tremendous effects positively in terms of the awareness, in terms of the cleanliness of the environment, and then as you can see the chairman of Coker/Ibogun LCDA is also here. So that means the effect has already been felt by the LCDA. So we believe that will be delibrated upon when they get back to their office. And we are also trying to continue partnering with them in order to bring about the cleanliness of environment in Coker/Ibogun LCDA as a whole. The programme is sustainable and then I pray that it will be going on and on.”
Comrade Adegboyega Olusegun Abiodun, former chairman NYCN, Ifo Local Government Chapter said the programme is meant to wake people up from their slumber in terms of environmental sanitation. He then urged youths in the LCDA to cooperate with one another in order to have the change they are clamouring for.
Comrade (Prince) Olawale Olowolagba, General Secretary, NYCN, Coker/Ibogun LCDA Chapter said “I am very happy, it has been a long while we have been planning to carry out this exercise and am glad this morning that it actually commenced. This is a sanitation exercise to the citizens of Coker/Ibogun LCDA saying that we should take environmental sanitation exercise a monthly routine.”
When asked what value did he think the exercise will add to the residents, he said “the value is a multiple chain effect on us. Health wise, we will all be sound in good health. Our community is so dirty, looking through our community, we find out that there are so many dirt every here and there. So when people come out and part take in this exercise, our community will look neat. There is a saying that, the way people see you is the way they will address you. So if we have a clean community, people will actually address us appropriately. Also, if we have clean environment, snake bite, cholera disease and the rest and the rest will flee our community.” He then urged youths in the LCDA to join NYCN. “Be a member of NYCN, part take in the monthly regular exercise and let have a clean and safe environment,” he added.
The youth also pay a courtesy visit to the Baale of Irebamidele Ayede Town in his palace after the sanitation exercise. The Baale, Chief Akindele Bamidele while addressing the youths commended them for a well done job and promise to always support them.