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Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternative Calls For Action Against Single Use Plastic

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternative has called for action against single use plastic.

The call was made in Asaba the Delta state capital where the Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) joined other members of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) on an advocacy visit on its campaign against Plastic Pollution, Open Waste Dumping and the promotion of Zero Waste.

The meeting which held on Thursday, the 13th of July 2023, was also facilitated by Community Development Advocacy Foundation (CODAF) in partnership with Green Knowledge Foundation (GKF), featuring strategic discussion sessions on the global plastic treaty and the efforts of the Delta State Government in achieving a plastic free environment in the state.

Speaking at the meeting, the Executive Director of CODAF, Benin Richard stated that with the current situation of the country and the state, the total ban of plastic may be an unachievable fit.

He however pointed out that the Delta State government can employ strategic efforts to reduce the use of plastic by monitoring the number of plastics that leak into the state.

Mr. Benin suggested that the ministry can start by banning the use of Single-Use Plastics within their office surrounding and gradually extend it to other ministries and the entire secretariat complex.

Also speaking at the meeting, the Executive Director GKF, Bawo Akpo stated that the issue of plastic banning or reduction is a commitment that should be prioritized by the government, with an aim of achieving a common goal of Zero plastic.

He suggested that the government can develop mechanisms that will involve the collection of plastics from the people in exchange for health care services in government owned hospitals and payment of school fees.

Representing ERA/FoEN at the meeting, the Project Officer, Waste Management- Melody Enyinnaya stated that Extended Producer Responsibility negotiation may not be complete if it doesn’t produce an accountability system.

She added that the government should make policies that hold manufacturers responsible for their product waste such as withdrawal policy, adding that segregation of waste from source should become a practice.

According to her, in order to get it right with the monitoring and reduction of plastic waste in Delta State, there is an urgent need to revisit the Delta State Waste Management Laws for gaps that can hinder the achievement of effective waste management systems in the state.

On her part, the Director of Climate Change, Delta State Ministry of Environment, Mrs. V.D Briggs commended the organizations for their visit, applauding the solutions presented by the team.

She noted that the team will be invited on another scheduled date for further discussions on the management of plastic waste in Delta State and how to achieve results.

The highlight of the event includes a sensitization road show/campaign around Asaba metropolis against Open Waste dumping, to commemorate National Environmental Sanitation Day.

The team also made a presentation of GAIA Nigeria Zero Waste Guidelines Booklet to the Director of Climate Change and also to the Permanent Sectary of the Delta State Ministry of Environment.

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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