Project 360 (University of Lagos)

The Makoko Community is a slum neighborhood located in Lagos, Nigeria.

With a population of a little under 100, 000 people, and very little recognizable government presence, Makoko is essentially a self-governing community.

Primarily as a result of this, Makoko is steeped in debilitating poverty and avoidable involvement of its youth in vices as they cannot find gainful employment.

Aside from the gross waste in human capital, the environment is a sad story and has weathered, quite badly, several attempts by the government to demolish it and send the residents packing. Power supply is independently provided, education facilities are largely from the contributions of well-meaning individuals and organizations, security is a community effort and shelter is, at best, not quite up to standard.

Another very problematic characteristics of the community is the water hyacinth plant which grows in the community. Not only does it hinder free movement, it also grows extremely fast after being cleared. Placed against this backdrop, residents are hardly motivated to clear it.

But the water hyacinth can also be a source of wealth.

Among many things, Project 360 aims at helping the community to convert their seeming problem into a source of wealth and, in addition, a raw material for power generation for the community.

 

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