The Polymer Institute of Nigeria (PIN), has described the move by the National Assembly to ban single-use plastics in Nigeria as a “lazy man’s approach” to the climate emergency.
PIN President, Prof. Paul Mamza, stated this during its 30th Technical Conference and Annual General Meeting held on Thursday in Ibadan.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme was tagged: “Polymer Waste Management: A Source of Economic Recovery in Nigeria”.
Mamaza said: “It is no more secret that the management of polymer wastes, especially plastic waste, has been a recurring decimal in the national discourse.
“With some politicians and public analysts seeking for outright ban on plastics in Nigeria without appropriately reasoned scientific and technological analyses of ramifications and impact of such decision on the national industrial development.
“Of recent, the House of Representatives considered a bill that would prohibit the management and use of single plastic bags in Nigeria.
“This is worrisome because in some countries like Singapore, plastic wastes are used to generate power, considering the outright banning of single-use plastics is a lazy man’s approach.”
According to him while single-use plastics constitutes environmental hazards, outright banning is not the solution where plastic waste can be used for the much needed revenue generation and diversification.
“The government of Nigeria rather than ban single-use plastics should engage the polymer professionals in finding ways of disposing plastics which is environmentally friendly and utilisation of wastes to generate wealth.
“There is huge revenue potential in polymer wastes and the ban of single-use is not a viable solution for a technological advanced country like ours.”
He urged members of the association to work with the government to tackle the menace of polymer wastes in the country.
“We live in an age in which practically almost everything we throw away is made of eternal indestructible plastics because plastics are fast replacing traditional materials due to its low cost and higher technical advantages.
“With the hazards associated with the disposal of plastics, there is urgent need for polymer professionals to engage government in robust methods through the use of biodegradable plastics and utilisation of plastic wastes for economic recovery in Nigeria,” he said.
Prof. Aliyu Jauro, the Director-General of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), called for collective responsibility of producers, manufacturers, retailers, distributors to effectively tackle the menace of plastics wastes which constituted environmental emergency.
Jauro, represented by NESREA Director of Inspection and Enforcement, Mrs Miranda Amachiree, described the PIN conference as an important contribution to the quest for environmental sound management of plastic waste and at for waste to wealth creation.
Edited by Chukwudi Ekezie
2 NGOs collaborate to clean up Lagos for healthy environment
Mr Alex Akhigbe, the Programme Coordinator, African Clean-up Initiative (ACI) said on Saturday that the organisation’s collaboration with the Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation (ACTF) would improve sanitation in Lagos.
Akhigbe, who led ACI’s network of volunteers to clean-up streets, roads, markets and motor parks in the Mushin area of Lagos on Saturday, said that the exercise was their 24th edition.
Nigeria News Agency in Lagos reports that the participants, clad in ACI’s branded T-shirts and caps, also cleared drainages and educated people on waste recycling to ensure healthy environment.
The programme coordinator, who attributed the success of the exercise to experience from previous exercises, said that logistics support from ACTF gave the clean-up a boost.
“The project is a quarterly one to rid the state of waste and carry out opinion survey on residents on proper waste disposal while educating them on waste recycling.
“Another variant of this campaign is to enlist people on waste-to-wealth resource management to broaden their earnings and per capita income,” Akhigbe said.
According to him, the feedback from the survey forms the baseline report and future plan for the project improvement and presentation to the agencies involved in environmental management for action.
He further said that the large number of volunteers that worked with the organisation was sourced online and from religious bodies inclined to good environment.
“The provisions from ACTF also aided the increase in the number of the volunteers,” Akhigbe said.
The ACTF Head of Public Affairs, Mr Olumide Emeralds, said that the inglorious position of Lagos being among the fifth dirtiest cities in the world was the reason the foundation supported the campaign.
“The ACTF management is not happy with the narrative of Lagos dirty status and every effort to remedy the menace and foster better environment is what the foundation is after.
“ACI earned the foundation’s support through its hard work and sincerity of purpose,” Emeralds said.
Mrs Bisi Ayoola, a resident, said that the provision of waste bins in many areas that did not have them would help in better waste management.
She said, “People tend to liter the roads with waste when they do not see waste bins nearby to dispose of their waste.”
Ayoola, therefore, called on the state environment managers to encourage healthy environment by making waste bins available to people and routinely evacuating them.
(Edited by: Sam Oditah)
Group wants Nigerians to imbibe waste management culture, recycling
The Beach Samaritans Initiative (BSI), an NGO, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the culture of waste management and recycling for a cleaner and beautiful environment.
BSI coordinators, Mr Pelu Awofeso and Mrs Adesola Alamutu, gave the advice at the first Beach Conference, Exhibition and Annual Lecture held on Saturday at Freedom Park, Lagos.
The lecture was themed, “Beaches: The Million Naira Revenue Stream Everyone is ignoring.”
According to Alamutu, BSI was inspired in 2014 during a trip to Gberefu Beach in Badagry, Lagos.
“We saw that the beach was very dirty, unsafe and unattractive. Afterward, we set out to involve the Local Government in efforts to clean up the beach.
“After several unsuccessful attempts at persuading the officials to partner with us, we decided we would have to clean the beach ourselves.
“After taking the initiative to Alpha Beach, we decided to form an entity responsible for cleanups in Lagos and Southwest Nigeria, which we named Beach Samaritans Initiative,’” Alamutu said.
Speaking, a re-cyclist and consultant on waste management, Mr Gafar Odubote, said there were a lot of things that could be done with waste to generate huge revenue.
Odubote who said waste had a huge return on investment, however, advised residents to reduce waste generation.
Let’s us all change our mindset on waste and recycling for a cleaner environment,” he said.
The Director of Kids Beach Garden, Miss Doyin Ogunye, urged government to sensitise the people on waste management and importance of recycling.
She said: “We need the environment as much as the environment needs us, therefore, l implore us all to imbibe the culture of waste management and recycling in order to be financially stable.”
According to Mrs Yemisi Adesina, a re-cyclist and a legal practitioner, waste management and recycling are important, but that change starts with information and sensitisation.
Adesina said people should be aware of their environment and take good care of it.
“Nigeria is a peculiar society because of recession, and nobody wants to do anything without financial benefits.
“Government should encourage the citizenry, especially youths to begin to see waste as gold mine.
“They should encourage everyone to pick wastes on the roads, beaches among others and get financial benefits as exchange for it,” said Adesina.
Adesina also stressed on the need for the reintroduction of War Against Indiscipline (WAI).
“Government should bring back WAI, which will enable us all imbibe the culture of a cleaner environment. Also, there must be repercussions for disobedience,” she said.
NAN reports that Beach Samaritans Initiative is an NGO with the goal of encouraging and facilitating the cleaning of beaches in Nigeria.
Edited by: Edwin Nwachukwu/Salif Atojoko
FG pledges to enhance operations of River Basin Development Authorities in 2020
The Federal Government will vigorously pursue the enhancement of the operations of the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) in 2020, Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, told newsmen on Saturday in Abuja.
Adamu said that this was imperative in order to support the issue of food security of the Agricultural Policy of the administration towards ensuring adequate food security in the country.
According to him, we are going to work towards addressing the questions of the River Basin Authorities activities in the country.
“A lot of things are going on towards revitalising the River Basins, including the work we are doing with the National Council on Privatisation.
“We have selected four River Basins now, while we are working to see the best way we can commercialise their activities.
“This is in order to enhance their sustainability, so that they will not continue to be too dependent on government subventions and monthly allocations.
“We want them to improve on their internal revenue generation so that they can sustain most of their operations.
“We are also hoping that we will be able to implement the full management procedures so that the River Basins will be spending less on the maintenance of tertiary irrigation systems.
“This is in order for us to hand over some of its responsibility to the farmers to maintain their farms and also to provide them with modern techniques,‘’ he said.
He also noted that in 2020, the ministry was also going to focus on the completion of the inherited 116 abandoned projects in the sector.
According to him, we will continue in that direction to ensure that more projects are commissioned, and some are due to be commissioned anytime from now.
“I want to assure you that we will continue to do more, I do not foresee us commissioning about 116 projects during this tenure.
“But at least based on the priority we have taken we should be able to implement as many as possible and we will continue to maintain our focus on these projects,‘’ he added.
Adamu also noted that the ministry would in 2020 pursue the “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet” Campaign and implementation of the Executive Order No. 009 by President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025.
“This Order mandates the ministry to coordinate all activities towards ensuring an open defecation-free Nigeria by 2025 through the National Clean Nigeria Secretariat, and directs all MDAs to join the Campaign.
“The Order also calls for legislation against open defecation by both Federal and State Legislatures, ‘’ he said.
Adamu also said the ministry would also pursue the implementation of Water, sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Action Plan and the Partnership for Expanded Water, Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) programme in 2020.
He added that this would be with particular emphasis on sanitation and hygiene at the Federal level, providing the impetus for the states to also do the needful.
Edited by: Donald Ugwu
Soldiers clean up Ojuelegba axis of Lagos to enhance civilian/military relations
The Army on Saturday deployed no fewer than 300 personnel to the Ojuelegba axis of Lagos for a clean-up to mark the 2019 Corps Commander Ordinance Annual Conference.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the Commander, Nigerian Army Ordinance Corps, Maj.-Gen. Omotomilola Akintade, led the soldiers on the exercise.
The soldiers were seen clearing refuse dumps and drains, blocked with plastic cotainers, cellophane bags and other waste materials.
Akintade described the exercise as part of the activities lined up to commemorate the 2019 corps commander ordinance annual conference.
He expressed the hope that the exercise would further boost army/civilian relations nationwide.
“This exercise is part of our corporate social responsibility to help clean the environment and make it better.
“We have no fewer than 300 personnel, both officers and men, for this exercise and we will ensure that we clean up the nooks and crannies of Ojuelegba.
“The clean-up will not stop at Ojuelegba. It will extend to other areas of Surulere Local Government Area as a whole,” Akintade said.
He advised the residents to maintain a clean environment and to support the waste management agencies to effectively keep Lagos metropolis clean.
Traders, food vendors and other residents, who came out for the exercise, expressed gratitude to the army for its intervention.
(Edited by: Ejike Obeta/Sam Oditah)
Waste management chief urges proper waste disposal to prevent outbreak of epidemic
Mr Amechi Akora, Managing Director, Anambra State Waste Management Agency (ASWAMA), on Saturday called on residents of the state to responsibly dispose their waste to avoid outbreak of epidemic.
He said indiscriminate dumping of refuse by residents and poor attitude to waste management which exposed residents to outbreak of epidemic should be discouraged.
Akora called on residents to avoid burning of waste both at homes and at refuse collection points to avoid preventable disasters.
He urged petty traders who fried bean-cake or roast corn and suya to ensure that their fire was properly extinguished before disposing of the charcoal inside dumpsters and waste bins especially during the harmattan.
Akora said that some waste materials were combustible and could cause explosion and threaten lives and property in an area especially at the festive period.
“Emission from burning waste materials do not only cause climate change but also health challenges, occupational and social hazards,” he said.
Akora said that the agency had earmarked waste collection and disposal points across the state to ensure clean and healthy environment for all residents.
He also advised the people to ensure that they cleaned up their homes to enhance clean environment.
“Desilt drains around your homes and business premises in the other to create beautiful environment and a healthy environments for all to enjoy good health,” he said
He said enforcement of ASWAMA law 2015 had commenced in the state and appealed to people evading payment to do their civic duties of paying sanitation levies for the development of the state.
“We have intensified efforts on collection of sanitation levies to reduce visibility of waste in public domain and have implemented Clean Closer Initiative which was focused on non-disposal of refuse in public places.’’
Akora said there was need for the agency to sensitise people to exhibit rights attitude to waste disposal due to the benefits.
He added that churches, faith based organisations, schools, markets and communities would be engaged to achieve advocacy on sanitation.
He said that the state government had concluded plans to engage more hands through public-private sector partnership to scale up sanitation process across the State.
Edited by: Donald Ugwu
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