Roger Milla, Cameroon’s football legend who shot to worldwide fame for his World Cup goal celebrations, has embarked on a project aimed at resolving Cameroon’s plastic waste problem.
Milla, who rose to international fame in the late eighties and early nineties is using his Coeur d’Afrique (Heart of Africa) organisation to pay unemployed young people to collect the plastic which blocks drains and exacerbates flooding in Cameroon.
“We launched this project to fight pollution and create jobs for unemployed youngsters,” Milla, who is now 65, said
According to Reuters, cities in Cameroon, including its capital Yaounde, have seen some of the worst flooding on record in the past two years.
This has prompted Coeur d’Afrique, in a collaboration between local councils and a garbage-collection company, to employ 300 young people in Yaounde to collect plastic. They work three days a week for 2,500 cfa ($5) a day.
Building blocks made from the plastic they have recovered have already been used in construction projects in Yaounde, including a national sporting facility for handball.
“It’s a good project for the future of our country, especially when it comes to the fight against pollution,” Coeur d’Afrique director general Arsel Etoundi told Reuters.