Environmental Volunteers, Climatologist embarks on cleaning-up Kaduna’s polluted River to save aquatics & endangered species.
The Three volunteer environmental and climate groups that embarks on “operation cleaning-up Kaduna’s River to save aquatics from plastic and garbage trash ” are African climate reporters ,Teku international farmers and Kurmin Kaduna youth action awareness forum.
According to the team leader of the operation that lead in the cleaning-up exercise along Kaduna River banks this morning, comrade Mohammed zakari, who is the Director African climate reporters says, they are here to save lives of aquatics and other endangered species from extinction due to human attitudes of dumping all sort of trash, hazardous chemical and other poisonous waste into the River that is causing a serious threat to the existence of all aquatics animals and human being.
Every year the groups usually team-up and clean the river to save marine animals.
He note that When water is seriously polluted in a certain area, the soil, plants, animals, fish, and even insects suffer a lot of damages.
“Fish that live in a polluted water source die off quickly, which in turn causes widespread death in animals that eat those fish for survival”.
He says, they came to Kaduna River with Rake, basket, shovel and other useful materials, so as to reduce the large quantity of plastic trash, and other forms of garbage that was thrown into the river from the community that causes series of problems to the aquatics lives.
Mohammed says, this is the Third time ,they are organizing an activities like this which is toward cleaning-up the entire surrounding of the river banks ,and some pond, in other to immensely protect lives of animals in the water , and also to protect human from water-borne-disease.
“Animals who eat plastic often starve because they can’t digest the plastic and it fills their stomachs, as such, this is preventing them from eating real food, which at the end killed the animals”
“There is need to recycle all the waste to save aquatics lives and other animals from the threat of hazardous chemical and other forms of garbage killing our water animals”.
The director say, the essence of today’s activities is to raise more awareness to the public to halt throwing all sort of trash into the gutter ,and to also let them know that this ugly attitudes destroyed thousands lives of water animals which can equally affect human being at the same time.
“Our aims is to save water animals from the effect of hazardous waste that were thrown into the gutter that ended-up killing aquatics and also to educate, enlighten the public on the effect of dumping trash into river or Oceans”.
“We tagged todays exercise as-Cleaning-up Kaduna’s River to save lives of aquatics-simply because of the dangers they faces daily as a result of increasing quantity of trash from the community into the River that killed water animals”.
Water pollution is getting worse day-by- day in Africa, due to lack of awareness to the public on the dangers of throwing all sort of trash into the Ocean, River, pond and small lakes in Africa.
He then advice the public to Use Less Plastic, Recyclable Options, while calling on Nigerians to Use Environmentally Friendly Detergents and to Stop Chemical Pollution.
In his own remark, Alhaji ibrahim salihu, the chef executive director of Teku kaduna international farm, during an interview with the journalists that joined them at kaduna’s Rivers bank for the operation.
He mention that in Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans and that is a threat to the existence of animals that live in water and also to human lives.
Adding also that most River fish humans consume, including cat fish , Tilafia, and other species along the river , have at one time or another, ingested plastic microfibers..
“People dump all sort of trash into the river or oceans without knowing the consequences to water animals and to even human being”.
“Water-borne-diseases is a big problems to the existence of human being which need to be tackle through educating the public on the dangers of throwing garbage and other sort of trash into the river”
Also responding, mallam dauda Ismail, the chairman youth action and awareness forum kurmin kaduna,
He says, they came to join the other team that came to the riverbank, so as to give them solidarity in other to clean-up the River.
Dauda says, every first annual rain fall, millions of aquatics animals do usually died as a result of dangerous chemical that came to the river from the community.
He says, “Millions of water animals do usually died due to dangerous chemical that came into the fresh water from the community”
The team of the volunteer environmentalists, climate expert then called on NGOs and CSO, state and federal government,
traditional title holders to sensitize the public on the dangers of throwing trash into gutter and other forms of water-ways.so as to save lives of water animals and the public from drinking contaminated water.
While calling on UNICEF, WHO and ministry of health and environment to equally support the fight against dumping of trash from Communities to Kaduna Rivers.