By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Kano State Governor, Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf has described the fight against plastic pollution as fight for all in order to ensure healthy environment free of plastic waste.
The governor stated this while delivering his address at the premises of Yusuf Maitama Sule University as part of the commemorations of word Environment day that is set aside by the United Nations to specifically recognise the need for according our environment the requisite attention it deserves, with a view to safeguard humanity annually celebrated worldwide with year’s theme ” Beat Plastic Pollution”
According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, Governor Abba recalled with nostalgia how Kano used to be a land with natural beauty but the effect of indiscriminate dumping of plastic waste is posing threat in the environmental well being of the city.
According to the Governor ” Kano is land blessed with natural beauty, however, like many places around the world we are grappling with adverse effects of plastic pollution” lamented the Governor.
Engineer Abba proffered solutions to the menance ” we must awareness about the detrimental impacts of plastic pollution on our environment as well as responsive waste management.
Education is the key to changes behaviours and foster a culture of environmental stewardship through community engagements, schools programs and public campaign.We can empower our citizens with the knowledge to make informed choices and take actions against plastic pollution.” Explained the Governor.
Engineer Abba added that to fight plastic pollution in Kano, people need to prioritize the reduction of single use of plastic and businesses, individuals and government institutions to adopt sustainable alternatives such as; re-use bags, bottles and packaging by promoting and supporting local initiatives that provide eco-friendly alternative.
A presentation was made by an Environmentalist, Dr Dahir Hashim on the need for people to play their role in safeguarding and preserving the environment for the well-being of all life on our planet.
At the end of the occasion, the Governor with the support of his deputy and other top government functionaries planted trees at the venue of the occasion and later launched ” keep Kano Cleen ” campaign at Dandago primary school.