20 February 2021 by IFEANYI OSITA
A group of Non Governmental Organisations is to collaborate with stakeholders on effective plastic waste management and recycling to ensure clean and healthy environment in six states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The Executive Director of one of the NGOs, Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative, Mr Gideon Olanrewaju while listing the states where the project would be implemented to include Oyo, Kwara, Kaduna, Kano, Bauchi and the Federal Capital Territory, said the project is tagged MissionZeroPlastic
Mr Olanrewaju noted that the menace of indiscriminate refuse dump especially plastic waste crisis has been a major environmental challenge in the country which needed concerted efforts to tackle.
He explained that no one organisation can solve the world’s plastic problems and called for synergy among groups and individuals to address the issue.
The Executive Director said the initiative would convert plastic waste into modular bricks for the provision of community learning centres for out of school children particularly girls.
On his part, the Executive Director of an NGO Petspoint Recycling,Mr Sunday Sholanke who was of the view that the project would create economic value from plastic waste,stated that the organisation had signed an agreement with the Oyo state government for effective collection and recycling of waste.
Also the Executive Director of another partnering NGO, Ecowarriors, Temilade Salami maintained that the organisation would continue to engage in projects aimed at making Nigeria environment friendly.
In a message, the Director General of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, Professor Aliyu Jauro who was represented by the Director Special Duties, Mr Isah Abdulsalam reiterated the commitment of the agency towards effective implementation of the Mission Zero Plastic which he believed would create jobs for Nigerians.