Sahara Foundation Partners Employment Trust Fund For Environmental Sustainability In Lagos

Sahara Foundation and Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) have announced a strategic partnership geared towards rolling out a series of recycling exchange hubs across 12 Local Government Areas in the state.
This project, which is being implemented by Wecyclers, a social enterprise with expertise in recycling, 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 11 and 17, which speaks to Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Partnerships for the Goals, the tripartite partnership will help promote a sustainable Lagos, create job opportunities, empower host communities, strengthen the economy, increase access to healthcare and improve lives and livelihoods across the state.
On the partnership, Director of Sahara Foundation, Ejiro Gray 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 said that the roll out of these recycle exchange hubs would help empower members of the community by educating them of the benefits of recycling, and providing them 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.
In her remarks, LSETF Executive Secretary, Teju Abisoye said: “The partnership is strategic to scale waste to wealth creation in Lagos State. She added 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 is guaranteed to promote a sustainable Lagos for many”.
Abisoye said that LSETF is fully committed to empowering Lagos residents, and establishing these recycle exchange hubs will help provide economic opportunities for the host communities.
Also, the Managing Director of Wecyclers, Olawale Adebiyi said: “This partnership with Sahara Foundation and The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund is a big leap in our effort in promoting sustainable environments in Nigeria”. He added that he is very positive about the impact this would have in the state and thanked both Sahara Foundation and LSETF for trusting Wecyclers to implement the project.
Sahara Foundation, the corporate social responsibility vehicle for leading energy and infrastructure conglomerate, Sahara Group, is committed to improving lives and livelihoods across Africa. Sahara Foundation continues to support projects and invest in partnerships that will help build sustainable societies and promote widespread development across Sahara Group’s host communities.
Sahara Group is a leading international energy and infrastructure conglomerate with operations in over 42 countries across Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Asia.
The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund was established by the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund Law 2016 to tackle unemployment and promote entrepreneurship in the state by empowering its residents with job and wealth creation opportunities.