BOULOS Enterprises Limited, Nigeria’s indigenous auto assembling company and foremost distributor of Suzuki outboard engine as well as the Lagos State government have canvassed the need to always ensure the beaches and its environment are kept clean as part of safety measures for sustainable living.
Boulos and representatives of the state government from Ministry of Enviorment and Ministry of Agriculture took this message to fishermen and market women at Folu Beach, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos last to mark the company’s yearly beach cleanup campaign.
The event provided an opportunity for dealers, users of Boulos products and the general public to tidy up the sea shore by picking up all forms of dirt and other debris around the area.
Speaking at the cleanup exercise, the company’s General, Sales & Marketing, Stanley Evans stressed that the company felt the need to continue to contribute to the wellbeing of the society, particularly its host communities, as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Evans, in his remark, said Boulos does not only produce and market environmentally friendly products to Nigerians, the company also believes in consistently demonstrating social responsibility.
According to him, the company was not just doing Beach cleanup, but also came to spread the news that the four stroke outboard engines it sells are the most environmental friendly in the country.
“To back up the claim, we have got to clean the beach as well. We do this Beach Cleanup campaign two or three times a year. Today’s is just one of them. And we get other people to come along with us, clean up the beach, give out Suzuki-branded T-shirts, a further message that we are not only backing cleaner environment, we also try to strive for a cleaner Lagos, Nigeria’s economic heartbeat.”
Evans noted that the clean-up campaign is in line with Suzuki policy as Boulos has taken up the initiative since two years ago.
“It is in line with Suzuki cleanup campaign. It is not just being done here. As we speak, it is being done all over the world. It will be done this month and next month all across the world in South Africa, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and lots of other countries in the world, doing just the same. It is world initiative.”
Evans noted that the decision by the Nigerian government banning the sales of two stroke outboard engines since 2012 was a welcome development because of its environmental pollution.
“In compliance with government directive, coupled with our corporate belief in clean environment, our company has since the ban six years ago, been selling only four stroke outboard engine. Ours is fully legal and compliant with government requirement, that is four stroke engine.”
Evans however commended Lagos State Ministry of Environment for backing Boulos on the exercise saying the full backing of the Ministry was a demonstration of care for the environment by the Lagos State governor.
In his reaction, Deji Badejo, Head of External Relations, Lagos State Ministry of Environment thanked Boulos for coming with such project as its Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR.
He described Suzuki four stroke board engine as environmental friendly as it doesn’t smoke.
Also, speaking at the event, Head, Waste Management Dept, Lagos Ministry of Environment, Mrs Adejo Tolulope charged the people to always keep their environment clean as cleanliness is next to godliness.
“Folu community is basically a fishing one and because of your fishing activities, you generate a lot of waste. The sea as you see is your farm and means of livelihood. You need to keep the environment clean, so that when people come here, they will see a clean and beautiful environment. Since you deal in food, you must make sure it doesn’t get contaminated.” She said.
The exercise had in attendance the Chairman and officials of Omowunmi Cooperative Society, Folu community.
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