Scores of young people over the weekend gathered at the popular Bodija Market in Ibadan, Oyo State for a clean up exercise and also to remind buyers and traders in the market of the need for proper waste disposal and environmental hygiene. The clean up exercise was carried in fufillment of the Youth Day Service organised by the Fashion and Made for Excellence (FAME) Foundation in partnership with LEAP Africa to mark the International Youth Day.
Raphael Steven, the Executive Director of FAME Foundation said that he hopes that by this move other young people who witnessed it would be encourage to carry out more acts of service in their communities.
“We decided that in celebration of the International Youth Day should go beyond celebrating with words to do an act of service in our community and mke a difference. So we decided on a clean up project. We hope to get more youths to see the need to be active citizens. We also hoped to sensitize Bodija market traders on the need to properly dispose their waste and to keep the arket clean.”
He said that the market was chosen because of the volume human traffic, saying it was a place where people tend to litter that would need what they had to offer.
FAME Foundation is a leadership development organisation that works with secondary school students to train them on leadership and critical life skills. We aim to inspire and encourafe them to be active citizens of society.”
A volunteer at the event, Dr Oluwatoyin Adeoye, said she volunteered because Bodija Market was an important part of the “Ibadan experience”. “I believe we can do so much if we put concerted efforts together. We believe a clean market translates to healthy buyers and healthy sellers.”
Another volunteer and programmes manager for FAME Foundation, Daniel Akinyemi, said the organisation would continue to visit the market to sustain the campaign of inculcating hygienic practices in the market.
The ‘Iyaloja-General’ of all of Bodija Market, Alhaja Sikirat Adebayo, said she was happy youths have found time to do a clean up in the market. Speaking to the leadership of FAME Foundation, she said: “I am always happy to see young people come here for this kind of exercise. You have been here since 6.30am. I can’t pay you for this. We want to keep the Bodija Market environment clean. I appreciate your efforts.”
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