- Nigeria's popular floating slum community in Lagos get attention once again.
- Makoko has more than 85,000 people per 2012 records, mostly fishermen, poor immigrants, and sojourners with no access to basic amenities as well as government presence.
- A US-based non-profit organisation, iBelieve Foundation, says it will work with government and other partners to help residents of the slum area.
Makoko, a Nigeria's popular floating slum community in Lagos, has more than 85,000 people mostly fishermen, poor immigrants, and sojourners with no access to basic amenities as well as government presence.
To ameliorate some of these social vices, a US-based non-profit organisation, iBelieve foundation, says it is ready to assist young, underprivileged and orphaned children in the community. In Lagos, Nigeria's megacity, Makoko is classified as an impoverished community closer to one of the most traveled bridges in west Africa’s megalopolis – the third mainland bridge – and a link to the country's highbrow vicinity.
Founded in 2013, iBelieve foundation will be among organisations - local and international - that have visited and catered for the floating community with a growing poverty line. As they keep, empowering citizens, more flocks in daily.
"This foundation is not just about pushing material resources into society but to see how we can impact human lives. I observe there are some sorts of class system in Nigeria", says David Imonitie, the NGO’s founder.
Imonitie told Business Insider SSA on Monday, November 3rd, 2019, that the charitable organisation will not only educate the out-of-school children in the community, but it will also provide basic amenities such as distribution of a solar-powered technology designed with the dual functions of making water portable, and giving illumination at various homes on the floating.
‘We don't treat people equally in Nigeria and I don't think that is in any way different from slavery and colonialisation. Our country will only change when we start to treat everyone with respect", he added, glinting on his drive to change the deplorable narratives in Nigeria.
Why the slum community of Makoko
iBelieve Foundation described Makoko as a deserving community due to its peculiarity in the state and how attention is being driven away from it.
“We are taking up the cause of the people on two fronts, advocacy, and provision of relief materials, seen as immediate needs,” Imonitie, the serial entrepreneur, said.
The role of institutions
Mo Merriman-Johnson, one of the team members of the organisation, believes there is a need to take up the government - in a non-confrontational manner – and seek how best to collaborate and work together on a long term plan of making life better for the people of Makoko.
"Because the vision is huge, we intend to do things differently. We will be collaborating with like-minds and donors like Ojaja foundation, Red Cross, among others to assist the people of Makoko slum.”
The foundation, however, called for accurate data that would give a peek into the realities of the Nigerian situation to maximize interventions.