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World Environmental Day: BBYDI Expresses Concern Over Indiscriminate Dumping of Refuse in Ilorin Metropolis

In commemoration of World Environmental Day, an Ilorin-based non-governmental organization (NGO) Brain Builders Youth Development Initiatives, BBYDI, University of Ilorin chapter in conjunction with Wheather Reporters Club Unilorin chapter, took to the streets today, Saturday June 10, 2023 to evacuate refuse Tanke area in the state capital.

The exercise, which was carried out by volunteers from the NGO, was aimed at promoting environmental cleanliness and creating awareness on the need to keep the environment clean.

The exercise began in the early hours of the morning from Tipper garage – Sanrab, with volunteers seen with gloves, nose masks, and other protective gear, picking up garbage from the streets and loading them into trucks. The refuse included plastic bottles, polythene bags, and other non-biodegradable materials that littered the roads and gutters.

Speaking with reporters remotely the Global Director of the organisation Olasupo Abideen, said the exercise was necessary to remind Kwarans of the importance of environmental cleanliness.

He expressed concern about the negative impact of indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the environment, noting that it could lead to environmental degradation and health hazards.

He commended the Kwara State Environmental Protection Agency, KWEPA, for providing it with truck with which the refuse was conveyed to the dump site.

Also speaking President BBYDI Unilorin Chapter Olayide Soaga, who expressed delight about the turn out, commended the efforts of the volunteers and the NGO.

The exercise was well received by residents of Ilorin, with some expressed their willingness to join the NGO in future exercises, while others called on the government to provide more waste disposal facilities and enforce environmental laws.

Cheerful volunteers at the end if the exercise

The exercise by is part of a global effort to promote environmental sustainability and encourage individuals and organizations to take responsibility for their environment.

The World Environmental Day, celebrated annually on the 5th of June, and is a day set aside by the United Nations to promote environmental awareness and encourage action towards environmental protection.

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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