The Chief Executive Director, Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative, Prince Gideon Olanrewaju is urging stakeholders and government to show commitment towards addressing plastic waste pollution, while improving educational access in rural Nigeria.
He made the disclosure while briefing Journalist at the launch of MissionZeroPlastic project, sponsored by the Coca- Cola Foundation.
According to him, the project will promote learning and skills development opportunities for girls, and environmental stewardship opportunities for communities.
” We will also promote best practices in waste management and recycling to ensure clean and healthy environment in 6 states across Nigeria. It includes: Oyo, Kwara, Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi states and the Federal Capital Territory”
He added that the initiative seeks to transform plastic waste, through involvement of children.
” We know that lack of Educational infrastructure contributes to why students are not going to school. We want to transform bottles into modular bricks.
The bricks have a lifespan of 100 years. We wil construct alternate centres by supporting communities to learn at a time like this. We will also equip them with computers, so that they can learn in case schools are closed”.
The Public Affairs Manager of Coca- Cola Foundation, Alhaji Aminu Mohammed, called on media practitioners to enlighten the public on the need to save the planet and generation yet unborn, by engaging in waste recycling.
” As part of our requirement and commitment to zero waste, we are working with Non Governmental organisations in the area of waste recycling.
We have worked with different groups, and one of them just graduated 100 waste pickers. We have improved their source of livelihood.”
The Executive Director, Petspoint Recycling,
Sunday Sholanke, said whenever there is heavy downpour, most cities witnessed flooding crisis because the canals, and gutters are clogged with plastic wastes due to inadequate waste collection infrastructures.
He noted that through the initiative the citizens will realize the social, economic, and environmental impact of recycling plastic waste, and also pay for the children’s education.
” This is a laudable project, and we will together make it successful.Our organization have signed partnership agreement with the government of Oyo state to assist in the provision of community collection point for plastic wastes. We have an aggregation and sorting hub within the city.”