The Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) has called on the ministry of environment and Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to build a recycling plant that would boost federal government’s agenda of massive job creation and guarantee environmental sustainability in the country. National coordinator of CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, stated this in Abuja yesterday in commemoration of the 2018 World Environment Day (WED) in collaboration with National Orientation Agency (NOA) with the theme: ‘Beat Plastic Pollution.’
The United Nations Conference on Environment set aside June 5, annually to celebrate the event, meant to create awareness on the need to preserve biodiversity and inspire people worldwide to safeguard the environment for posterity.
Mulade maintained that the recycling plant when cited in Abuja would provide jobs for the residents and control the production and use of plastics in FCT.
He pointed out that the event was a reminder on the need to tackle environmental challenges such as climate change, global warming, human activities destroying the ecosystem, natural disasters that led to resource deficiency affecting every aspect of human lives.
Mulade informed that it would take a maximum of 500 years for used plastics to decompose even as he challenged governments, industries, communities and individuals to collaborate and explore sustainable alternatives to urgently reduce the production and uncontrolled use of single plastic.
On his part, the director- general, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr Garba Abari, enjoined leaders at the national, state and local government level to adopt workable approaches towards eliminating plastic pollution.
He noted that about 13 million tonnes of plastic settle in the oceans annually, amounting to approximately 165 million tonnes of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans as at 2012.
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