NDI Anambra, voluntary organisations, religious bodies, especially corporate bodies within the state have been encouraged to participate in the upcoming mega mock- edition of ‘Five Million Plastic Challenge’ in commemoration of World Clean Up Day and Earth Festival, geared towards maintaining a healthy environment, preserving the earth from the negative effects of plastic waste and protecting human lives.
Leading Team Anambra in the nationwide event, the Managing Director of Anambra Waste Management Authority, (ASWAMA), Amechi Akorah, expressed that the challenge will be observed by Humanity Nigeria and Guinness World Record, adding that the group in wrapping up the grand finale slated to take place on Saturday, has been on plastic hunt in some locations in Awka, Ekwulobia, Oko, Onistha, Igbariam, among other places.
“We will continue our exercise till the last day, clearing waste out from roads, streets, gutters and all water ways . Our focus is to make people to understand the proper way of waste disposal and the need to maintain a clean environment by imbibing it as a culture”
Similarly, the Managing Director of Anambra State Clear Drainage and Forest Preservation Agency, Chido Obidiegwu, in an interview with National Light, urged ndi Anambra at large, especially corporate bodies to identify and support the environmental care as part of their civic social responsibilities, noting that his agency has cued into the movement led by ASWAMA to pick at least one million plastic bottles.
“We found out that most of these bottles find their ways into the drainage. For our drainage to be clean and guarantee free flow of water, I would want a situation where people don’t throw plastic bottles into the drainage or littered on the floor. The agency is fully part of the programme,” he said.
He also explained that the exercise would be used as an opportunity to reduce the effect of plastic waste on human health and ecosystem, sensitise people on the effects and need for them to dispose these plastic bottles appropriately. “When we talk about ozone issues, you cannot eradicate this totally, but we want to reduce every effect that comes from the use of plastics or inappropriate disposal of plastic waste cause in the society to the barest minimum, but let us not forget that this is a continuous exercise. If we continue this to a large extent, we will have every reason to celebrate at the end of day that we have reasonably mitigated the effect of plastic bottles on the health and the well being of humanity”.