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Earth Day: Dr. Onuigbo Urges Collective Action to End Plastic Pollution in Nigeria 

Member representing South East and Chairman Committee on Security , Climate Change & Special Interventions North East Development Commissions Sam Onuigbo, has called for a concerted efforts to end plastic pollution in Nigeria.

Speaking on the occasion of this years World Earth Day with the theme “Plastics vs Planet,” he said the day is a United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and positive action for the protection of the environment.

He said this year’s theme, calls on people to effect changes in their daily lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on environment and human health.

The former lawmaker emphasized the need for universal action to combat the adverse effects of plastic waste on ecosystems and human health.

Dr Onuigbo maintained that over-reliance on plastics as a major environmental challenge, especially considering the pollution that comes with badly managed plastic waste.

“The statistics about plastic pollution are alarming. Indeed, it is estimated that a total of 500 billion plastic bags are used every year around the world; and that 13 million tons of plastic leak into the ocean, including the plastic bags that we use and throw every day.

“This plastic waste is often thrown away in the rivers, seas and oceans, and contributes to fill ocean bottoms or float on the water surface,” he said.

Dr. Onuigbo said Nigeria’s commitment to banning single-use plastics, particularly highlighted by Lagos State’s recent measures, underscores the country’s dedication to environmental conservation.

He urged government, civil society, private sector, and community leaders to implement policies and education programs aimed at phasing out plastic usage.

He also emphasized the collective responsibility to protect the planet for future generations.

“Beating plastic pollution and transitioning to sustainable waste management practices requires a strong enabling environment involving all stakeholders including policy-makers, informal and formal waste and resource management actors as well as civil society organizations,” he said.

By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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