FIRST E&P as part of its GOAL ZERO+ campaign, embarked on a plastic waste clean-up and recycling activity in Falomo-Ikoyi Lagos on the 26th of June 2021. The theme of the exercise was GO GREEN FALOMO #CLEANUP&RECYCLE and was conducted, in collaboration with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), and youths from the Falomo Community Development Association (CDA).
The volunteering campaign by employees of FIRST E&P reinstates the organisation’s commitment to environmental protection and conservation. In sustaining and consolidating its safety philosophy of NO HARM to its PEOPLE, ENVIRONMENT, and ASSETS, this aspect of the GOAL ZERO+ campaign creates a social and environmental impact on the immediate community around its Head Office, by cleaning up and recycling plastic waste in its environment.
In his opening remarks to kick off the exercise, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi-Bero, stated that the company was committed to its Health Safety & Environment (HSE) programmes with its GOAL ZERO+ campaign, and especially with the aspect of environmental protection and conservation, which is the focus of the GO GREEN FALOMO initiative. He recognised and appreciated the partnerships with the Lagos State Government agencies, Falomo CDA, and the recycling partners. He also thanked the employees who turned out despite the rains to create a positive impact.
In his remarks, LAWMA representative Mr. Kemi Sulaiman, Assistant General Manager, Special Duties, stated that the FIRST E&P campaign supports the Lagos Recycle initiative to recycle plastic in collaboration with corporate organisations and individuals. He also encouraged individuals to practice recycling behaviours by sorting waste from homes and leverage the PAKAM app that connects various stakeholders that support the plastic recycling process.
The LASEPA representative, Mr. Lewis Adeyemi, Director, Laboratory Services, and his colleague, Mrs. Abolanle Kasumu, Director, Land and Water Pollution Control, also reaffirmed the importance of environmental protection. He stated that consumer purchasing behaviours should be based on how the eventual waste could be managed. He also indicated the impact of climate change and applauded FIRST E&P for the initiative.
The Falomo CDA Chairman, Mr. Michael Anieh, commented and thanked FIRST E&P for its ability to dedicate its time and resources, to protect the community and its environment with this campaign.
The exercise ended with the active involvement of FIRST E&P employees and the Falomo CDA youths who cleaned the plastic waste from the drains and canals while LAWMA & LASEPA managed the waste sorting and disposal in readiness for recycling. In addition, recycling bins were donated to the Falomo Community to sustain and reinforce recycling behaviours. The waste collection will be managed through the FIRST E&P partnership with recycling companies – Wecyclers Nigeria Limited, Go-Greener Nigeria Limited, and Ebees Nigeria Limited.
FIRST E&P remains committed to its GOAL ZERO+ campaign and will keep driving its pursuit of NO HARM to PEOPLE, ASSETS, and ENVIRONMENT.