Environmentalist cautions Nigerians against Plastic pollution

Ifeoluwa Salami, Lagos

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Nigerians have been advised to adopt the approach of reducing, reusing and recycling Plastic waste in a bid to tackle the menace of plastic pollution.

The Chairman Board of Trustee, Mr Philip Asiodu gave the advice in Lagos, at the 12th edition of Walk for Nature tagged ‘Plastic Pollution, the Enemy of our Development Agenda’.

Mr  Asiodu said; “Nigeria has been reported as one of the country that generated high volume of plastic waste with the least ability to adequately manage it. It is estimated that Nigeria generate 2.8million kg of plastic waste a day of which 81% is mismanaged or not managed at all.”

The amount of plastic produced yearly is almost the weight of human population and only 9% of all the plastic has been successfully recycled, 12% incinerated and 79% end up in the environment.

“Most of the plastic we’re carried through rivers and Lagoons and end up in the ocean with over 8million tonnes yearly,” he explained.

Mr Asiodu however called on Government, Private sector and Non Governmental Organisations to put appropriate measure in place to fight the menace by running public awareness campaigns and offering incentives for recycling.

The Walk for  Nature event was organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources in conjunction with Nigerian Conservation Foundation, NCF.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere