By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja
Residents of the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, Abuja have been cautioned against careless use of plastic materials.
The Executive Secretary, FCT, Umar Jibrin said doing so would lead to the elimination of dangers associated with it for a healthy environment.
The Executive Secretary stated this during a capacity building seminar, tagged, “nothing wasted”, in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Speaking on the theme: “Nothing Wasted,” the Secretary who pointed that the event organised to commemorate the World Environment Day (5th June, 2019) appealed to Nigerians to be mindful of the impacts of their activities on the environment to leave a safe and wholesome environment for the coming generations.
He stated that the seminar was not a mere academic exercise but to also provide insights on practical guidelines in tandem with the mantra of sustainable development.
The Secretary who was represented by the Deputy Director, Institutional Buildings, FCDA, Adebowale Ademo who doubles as Chairman of the in-house Capacity Building Committee pledged the FCDA’s commitment to bequeathing a world class city and liveable environment to Nigerians.
According to him, “we are very consciouse of the need to ensure that design and construction processes being given deployed are sustainable and geared towards contribution g to the ultimate dream of developing Abuja as a model city.”
Jibrin called on the public to avoid the use of plastics, reduce the recycling of plastic materials to minimise the amount of deadly substances which finds its way into the environment.
An Assistant Director, Interior Design, FCDA, Justina Enna Olisa noted: ” we all live, work and play in the environment. It is important we maintain and sustain it. It is not only the farmlands, but it includes where we sleep, so it is important that it is comfortable and safe.”
“We put safety, aesthetics and functionality in everything we do so plastic waste can be turned into beautiful interior and exterior designs. So the idea is, don’t look at everything as waste.”
The Representative of the USA Embassy in Nigeria, Mrs Bella Ann Ndubuisi stated that the embassy recently launched a programme, Green Initiative, collaborating with local organisations on recycling.
She said bags were provided to members of staff of the embassy to fill them with plastic materials and return to the embassy who hands them over to the organisations and funds generated from would be used to fund scholarships for the less privileged.
She therefore charged the public to desist from using plastic bags for shopping, packaging and others.
Another partner, Ndubuisi Ahanonu of International Institution of Creative Development Centre called for concerted efforts in sensitising people to always sort their waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable forms so that the latter does not find its way into water bodies to kill aquatic animals.
To Mufu Onifade of the National Gallery of Arts, FCT, his organisation was working to ecourage the use of some of the wastes in arts and creativity.
A participant at the event, Anyibofu Ugbodoga of the New Culture Designs said the seminar was important because it was about care for the environment.
“It’s something we are not doing very because we are paying a lot of lipservice to things that bother on our environment.
“If we don’t look after where we stay, it will affect our health, our well being and our comfort, and I hope it doesn’t just end here, but gets to the next level and have the positive impacts it deserves,” he said further.
While non of the speakers at the 2-day event was willing to call for outright ban on the use of plastic materials, they unanimously supported a legislation that would ban it’s careless usage.