A renowned environmentalist, Alhaji Ibrahim Tudy, has said that recycling remained the best scientific approach to check plastic pollution in the country.
Tudy, the Chairman of Zamfara State Collection of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), said this at a forum to celebrate World Environment Day in Gusau.
He described plastic pollution as a major threat to the environment, saying that waste dumps on both land and water were replete with plastic bottles and cellophane bags.
He said that it was for this unwholesome environmental phenomenon that the UN Assembly chose “Beat Plastic Pollution” as the theme for this year’s celebration.
According to Tudy, plastic pollution can best be controlled through recycling of all rubber materials.
Speaking in a similar vein, the Co-ordinator, Center for Lead Poisoning Control and Prevention, state Ministry of Health, Dr. Nasiru Tsafe, said that the state was also disturbed by the pollution arising from improper disposal of lead poisoning in the environment.
Tsafe said no part of the state was safe from the health consequences of the Artisanal mining, which was associated with iron ore.
He urged government and major stakeholders in the state to initiate policies and programmes that could help to mitigate the impact of plastic and other form of pollution to the environment.
The event was attended by prominent traditional rulers, government functionaries and civil society organizations in the state.
Others included representatives of security agencies, National Youth Service Corp and students’ bodies.