Ecobank Nigeria Limited and the Lagos state Environmental Protection Agency, (LASEPA), the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) have collaborated to bring the need to rid the environment of plastic waste to the public consciousness.
The event which tackled the recurring environmental pollution took place at Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
Present at the event were the Community Development Committee (CDC), Community Development Associations (CDAs), Soroptimist International of Nigeria’s representatives and Cluster Coordinator of Ecobank Sustainability Week, Christian Eneh.
Speaking at the event, Christian Eneh said Ecobank is moved with a desire to create a healthy and clean environment for the benefit of all and sundry.
Christian said, “From 2017, the bank embarked on this journey with LASEPA and Ministry of the Environment to decongest Lagos and other cities of plastics, which are non-biodegradable materials that could last for ages.
“In 2017, we started by decongesting and removing 150,000 plastic bottles. In 2018, we concentrated on the waterways and this year, we made a commitment to recycle four million plastic bottles.
Other speakers at the event representing the CDC, Soroptimist International of Nigeria, LAWMA, supported the idea of a cleaner Lagos. They emphasized that since human survival depended on a clean, sustainable environment, there was the need to see waste as a resource and convert it to wealth in what they described as a secular economy.
Responding, Managing Director of Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick Akinwuntan, said the bank chose plastic bottles recycling because with Nigeria’s 200 million population, plastic pollution has become a very key issue since it has been classified a hazardous waste.
“There are plastics everywhere. There are plastics in gutters, plastics being burnt and causing severe pollution. There are those on every space in the streets, water and those being taken in by fishes and other aquatic animals.
“Besides creating employment for our youths, Ecobank desires to use this initiative to demonstrate that we can use our creativity to improve our environment and society and disabuse our minds from the belief that everything good only comes from overseas.”