Hundreds of residents of Ikate Kingdom brought their trash in exchange for gas cylinders through the Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi Foundation, in partnership with Smart Gas, on Saturday.
EnergyDay gathered that the program, called “Trash for Gas,” aimed to promote environmental sustainability and clean energy.
According to Oba Elegushi, through the trash swapping initiative, residents of Ikate Kingdom brought their trash in exchange for gas cylinders.
This, according to him, is a symbolic act representing the shift towards cleaner energy sources.
He also stated that the program sought to raise awareness about the importance of clean energy and how it can contribute to a more sustainable future.
EnergyDay gathered that the Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi Foundation and Smart Gas joined forces to make the Trash for Gas initiative a success.
Dr. Yinka Opeke, CEO of Smart Gas, said that the initiative was meant to encourage the use of cooking gas as a safer alternative to kerosene, firewood, and charcoal.
He said, “The use of firewood and charcoal for cooking not only impacts our environment negatively due to the emissions but also your health because of the smoke inhaled mostly by women and children.
“We pitched this campaign to the Oba, and he has deemed it fit to bring it to your doorsteps and that is why, today, he has funded these cylinders.
“We will be exchanging your trash for our gas cylinders, thereby leaving you with a healthier and cleaner neighbourhood,” Opeke said.
Chief Olalekan Bakare, Aro Oba of Ikate/Elegushi, who spoke on behalf of the Oba Elegushi said that the primary goal of the initiative is to foster a cleaner and healthier environment by emphasizing the importance of sanitation within the community.
“Cooking with wood is not healthy again, it is not the way forward. It is cleaner cooking with gas.
“Oba Elegushi will continue to support anything for a sustainable economy, and we will continue to campaign about the importance of keeping the environment clean,” he said.
Mr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority,(LAWMA) on his part said that the initiative will save the environment.