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A Cleric, Asuquo Udobong, has urged spirited individual, corporate organisations and Churches to join hands with the Lagos State Government to make their environment clean.

Udobong, the Stake President, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Agege Stake, Lagos, made the plea on Monday during a cleaning up exercise at the Sango Ota Roundabout.

According to him, it is an all-African service project, and an annual event of the church.

“All over Africa, members of the church are required to put in three hours of their time today to cleaning their environment.

“In Lagos, we have three locations today- Ajegunle, Oshodi and Sango Otta axis-, where the cleanup is taking place.

“What we are doing is community service and community support, because our members live in those communities.

“So, once in a year, as part of our practice, the church organises service project.

“For this year, we identified Sango Roundabout as one of the places where our members from two stakes want to render their services.

“The state government has its responsibilities; and as citizens, we have our civic responsibilities to perform too; this is part of our civic responsibilities.

“If the state government does its part and members of the society do their own parts, our communities will be a better place for us to live in.

“Whether the state government is doing what its supposed to do or not, as expected, it does not deter us from doing what we are expected to do.

“The Church is not all about preaching alone, we must encourage our members to practice what we preach.

“When we talk about being of service to our neighbours, this is one of the ways we can do it,’’ he said.

Also, Mr Sunday Oyedeji, the Second Counsellor, Egbeda Stake Presidency, said that since the government could not do it alone, Churches, corporate bodies and individual should assist the government in ensuring clean environment.

“Keeping our environment clean is not what we should leave in the hands of the government alone, even, we are expected to keep our environment clean,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Mr Olumuyiwa Babayemi, Sanitation Officer working with the Ado-Odo Ota Local Government area, Sango Ota, while inspecting the work, commended the church for the work done.

“The act of the Church members is commendable, because at this time, the local government cannot do it due to lack of funds. So, the church has made our job better,’’ he said.

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