AK GOV’T CALLS FOR LAW TO END PLASTIC POLLUTION THREAT IN ENVIRONMENT


Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 | News

The Akwa Ibom State Government has advocated for a promulgation of a workable law in Nigeria that will put an end to the prevalent threat of plastic pollution arising from indiscriminate dumping of plastic and its related wastes in our environment.

The State Deputy Governor, Mr. Moses Ekpo, made this call today during the 2018 World Environment Day Celebration organized by the State Ministry of Environment in conjunction with the Local Government Service Commission and the Nigerian Environmental Society at the State Civil Service Auditorium in Uyo.

Mr. Ekpo remarked that the theme for this year’s celebration: “Beat Plastic Pollution” is both appropriate and timely in view of the emerging trend in the proliferation of plastic waste and its concomitant dangers to our environment.

He described the theme for the event as the boldest attempt aimed at tackling the great threat posed to the world environment by the evolution of plastics, stressing that it was also a credible window of opportunity to brainstorm about possible alternatives to the use of plastics in all its forms.

The Deputy Governor noted that considering the hazards posed by plastics to humanity, there is need to propose a legislative framework that will outlaw all forms of indiscriminate disposal of plastic and other wastes in unauthorized places.

Mr. Ekpo equally advised that all sectoral stakeholders like supermarket and shop operators as well as market traders should be engaged to see the need to switch from the use of plastic shopping bags to the use of recycled paper and bio-degradable bags in order to free our environment of the toxic pollution from the plastic wastes.

He urged the State Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources to collaborate effectively with the Local Government system to ensure people’s compliance with environmental laws at the grassroots.

Mr. Ekpo reiterated that whatever strategy that will be put in place to arrest the situation, there is a great need to evolve and exploit the huge advantage of the mass media for effective sensitization across major language and dialect platforms to get the people’s massive support and the expected result.

He commended the Ministry and its collaborators as well as the people of the State for ensuring a clean and safe environment for Akwa Ibom State.

Earlier in his address, the Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Dr. Iniobong Essien, observed that the theme for this year’s celebration came with a strong message that aims at encouraging us to change our behaviour towards single-use plastic and substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Dr. Essien noted that dumping plastics in landfills or burning them is a poor management practice because when burning them, they emit toxic gases that are harmful to human health.

He enjoined the people to be aware that since we are a part of the environment, whatever affects it invariably affects us, stressing that it behoves us therefore to arise and take serious responsibility and stewardship for a clean, healthy and sustainable environment for now and the future.

The 2018 World Environment Day celebration was graced by the State’s Head of Civil Service, Mrs. Ekereobong Akpan, the Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Sir Val Attah, government dignitaries, academia, students, and the public.

By Monday Okon – Information Officer

 

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