The Clean-Up Technology Hub, an NGO, says it is partnering with some stakeholders to clean up the Nigerian environment.
Ms Ifeoma Malo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Hub, disclosed this during the clean-up exercise tagged “Clean-Up Asokoro” in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
According to her, the group is a driver of clean energy investment into Africa.
“As you can see, we have a group of partners that we are working with to clean up our environment called the “Clean up Asokoro”. We actually partnered with the government, AEPB, the Nigerian Police are all part of what we are doing today.
“The idea is to patronise action around celebrate the world environment which was on June 5, but being on Sallah day, we decided to do it today.
‘’We got the neighbourhood involved in creating awareness on why they should keep their environment clean. The issues around plastic pollution and waste management.
“We want to come out and actually build a community of people who are taking action to keep the neighbourhood as safe and as sound as they want it to be.
“So we are hoping that every month, we will continue to do this and we will pick a neighbourhood where we will do this,’’ she explained.
She noted that in the cause of the exercise, they made some discoveries that they would want the Federal Government to address.
“One of them is, when we were picking up, the amount of plastics I saw, whether it was sachet water nylons, is really alarming. Nigerians still don’t understand that plastic pollution has become a global problem.
“The second one is more health related. You know, we hear about drug abuse in Nigeria. The amount of codeine bottles we picked up today, around this neighbourhood was also quite alarming.
“So, the Federal Ministry of Health really need to be proactive about drug abuse, because, this number of codeine bottles, I don’t think it’s because people are just having cough and cold. Definitely something is wrong,” she added.