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Lagos State government has urged the residents to stop plastic contamination to have a healthy environment.Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Mr. Babatunde Humpe, made the call in Ikeja to mark the day.

The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with Save The Children International, sponsored the event, with the theme: “Beat plastic pollution.”Humpe counseled against throwing plastic products on the roads or canals, as they would cause problems for road users and block the waterways.He tasked residents to package such plastic products and sell them to companies involved in the recycling of the goods.

The special adviser disclosed that government had mandated all waste management workers to go back to their duty posts to ensure that the streets are clean.On the challenges of refuse dumps in the state, he said: “I can assure you that very soon, all streets in Lagos would be clean. I advise all residents to cooperate with the waste management workers.”

Acting Area Operations Manager, Lagos and Calabar Save The Children, Ms. Nwamaka Ifionu, explained that the event was to create awareness about environmental sanitation.She urged the people to take steps to effectively check plastic pollution.She said: “This is a call to each and every one of us in our respective homes and individual live to reduce plastic pollution. This would ensure that our homes are cleaner and healthy.

“We are advocating the reduction or elimination of plastic uses. The reuse of plastics in our homes would help to reduce the health hazards that they could cause in the environments.” She added that plastic pollution does not only litter the environments, but also defiles the roads.


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