Lagos tasks workers, residents on dangers of plastic wastes, others
Lagos State government, yesterday, expressed concerns over the menace of single use polythene bags and plastic bottles, stressing that getting rid of these items has become harder, while increase in its improper disposal portends great danger to human health.
Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji, disclosed this during a campaign to discourage single use plastics within the state’s Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
During the event, workers, who came into the complex with single use polythene bags and plastic bottles had them exchanged with multi use bags and water bottles.
Addressing the workers, Omobolaji said plastic waste has become a critical issue affecting the environment. Omobolaji, who was represented by the Director Environmental Education, Mrs. Monsurat Banire, said most times, plastic waste if not disposed properly usually ends up in the ocean, thereby endangering marine and human life.
Highlighting the 2023 World Environment Day theme: “Solutions to the Plastic Pollution”, he said the campaign was to ensure the best way residents can avoid single-use plastics and embrace eco-friendly alternatives, so that the beautiful planet remains a comfortable home for humanity.
Gaji encouraged residents to keep the reusable bags for shopping and move around with reusable water bottles to curb the menace of plastic pollution, adding that the responsibility cannot be left to the government alone.
Meanwhile, Director, Post Service Department, Public Service Office, Mrs. Bukonla Durodola, has commended the campaign against single use plastics and pledged government’s support. She said recycling could help protect the environment while conserving natural resources.
According to her, the state has commenced training for retirees on the need to sort waste and ways to make money from recycling plastic waste.