World Cleanup Day: ASWAMA, NEWMAP, NESREA pick 650,000 plastic waste bottles in Anambra
By Florence Okpeti :
Awka, Sept. 27, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Waste Management Authority (ASWAMA), in collaboration with some agencies in the environment-related field, engaged in picking up plastic waste bottles from various parts of the state.
The agencies -- the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) together picked up 650,000 plastic bottles from across the state.
They carried out this in order to commemorate the 2020 World Cleanup Day.
The tripartite team enlisted the help of some volunteer organisations as they marked the special day.
World Cleanup Day is an annual global social action programme aimed at combating the global solid waste problem.
The event was marked globally on Sept. 19, but Anambra observed the event on Sept. 26.
Managing Director, ASWAMA, Mr Amechi Akorah, while speaking at the event in Awka, said that the 650,000 plastic waste bottles were removed from drainage channels, the streets and canals across the state.
Mr Akorah explained that the programme was a mock exercise in preparation for the main event to hold in November.
He said that plastic wastes should not be disposed of indiscriminately; stressing that it should be handed over for recycling in order to protect the environment from plastic pollution.
``We want our people to understand that plastic bottle wastes are treasures and not really wastes and should not be disposed of indiscriminately.
``People should learn to handle plastic wastes better and stop flinging them off because they block drainages, cause havoc and constitute health hazards.’’
State Commissioner, Nigerian Girl Guides Association, Anambra State, Dr Helen Obi said that plastic wastes constituted nuisance to the society.
Dr Obi said that they joined the programme in the quest for a sustainable clean, healthy and pollution- free environment.
``It is discovered that some of these plastic bottles end up in the rivers and the seas and sometimes enter the engine of a ship and cause ship wreck.
``We have been in partnership with ASWAMA on this project to ensure that we get rid of plastic wastes in the environment.’’
A lecturer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Dr Nelson Omenugha stressed the need for youths to acknowledge the importance of protecting the environment.
Dr Omenugha said that most of the plastic bottle wastes were used by youths, saying that plastic wastes should be managed properly in order to achieve a clean and healthy environment. (MOI)