NURTW partners group to achieve world environmental record for Nigeria
The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in partnership with Humanity Nigeria, made up of young professional volunteers from diverse backgrounds, have strengthened ties to lead Nigeria to an environmental world record campaign with the highest number of plastic bottle wastes.
Achieving the world record and five million plastic bottle wastes removed in every part of Nigeria, the group said the motive was also to ensure a clean and safe environment.
Chairman, NURTW, Lagos State, Musiliu Akinsanya, stressed the need for everyone to rise up to the challenge towards ensuring a clean and safe environment.
Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo, said having a clean environment should be the primary concern of all and not just the government alone.
He said: “We all caused the mess; we all therefore should rise to cleaning it up for the sake of the future of our children.”
Elated Creative Director of the Team, Olafemi Olabode-George, who expressed optimism of total success for the Guinness World Record, said about 80 per cent of the plastic water bottles end up in landfills, and takes about 1,000 years for each bottle to decompose.
He maintained that Humanity Nigeria is the fastest growing brand in Africa, comprising young people that are concerned about caring for the earth and humanity, through public-spirited participating events and activities.
During the period, Olabode-George said the team would record all that were picked, and raise awareness on the need to protect the earth and save the environment from pollution and abuse.
He said: “In this maiden edition, the team has identified one major area to focus on, which is, the pollution caused by plastic bottle wastes. A whopping 91 per cent of plastic does not get recycled from the 8.3 billion metric tonnes produced; 6.3 billion metric tonnes become plastic waste.
The environmental Guinness World record is scheduled to be held in September in every major city across Nigeria with volunteers joining in the challenge to remove five million plastic bottle wastes from streets, gutters and canals across Nigeria.
The grand finale of the five-day festival is to appreciate all partner organisations and individuals, and will feature Earth Awards and Dinner, to celebrate the world record feat.
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