Director of African Climate Reporters, Mohammed Zakari, has called on Nigerians to change from the ‘culture’ of throwing away plastic and garbage on the streets, car-parks, railway train stations and others, in other to save the environment against all forms of trash, filthiness and pollution, and to avert any tendency of outbreak of health disaster.
Mohammed, who made the call during an interactive section with stakeholders on environmental NGOs and CSO with volunteer environmental experts in Kaduna, said there are estimated 1 million plastic bags used every minute, and a single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade!
He said there is need to raise more awareness to the public on the dangers of throwing away all forms of trash into the street in plastic bags and other plastic wastes.
According to him, it is the responsibility of every citizen to save the environment against all forms of challenges, which could be a form of threat to existence of human and animal lives.
Mohammed stressed that, “If you go to the car park, fuel station, football stadium and even train station, you will see many plastic leathers dominating the places. Poor awareness on the danger posed by plastic leathers is the reason behind the wild spread of plastic waste in the society.”
Responding, national chairman of Kaduna Metro Environment and Awareness, Comrade Jibril Mohammed, stressed the need to support the recycling companies across northern Nigeria.
He emphasized that, “Government needs to help most of the recycling companies with steady electricity, in order to reduce the plastic polluting disturbing the society.” In addition, he said “The effects of throwing garbage anywhere poses a great danger to human, animal and even plants, aside creating a mess and negatively affecting the appearance of the surrounding. Indeed, the rotting waste and garbage start to stink and hungry animals lurk around to feed on it,” he noted.
In his own remark, team leader of ‘Save the Environment,’ Mr. Paul Isaac, said “Throwing garbage anywhere is an open invitation to the breeding of parasites, pathogens and, ultimately, the spread of various harmful diseases,” and called on Nigerians to change their attitudes of blocking water passage and stop any construction on waterways to avert flood and other environment challenges.