The Kogi state government recently built a mini plastic recycling plant in Lokoja as part of its efforts to manage plastic wastes in the state.
Mr Sanusi Yahaya, the state Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources made the disclosure in the state capital at a news conference which was a part of the 2018 World Environment Day.
The Commissioner said the plant will encourage waste recycling and will also create employment directly and indirectly.
The commissioner urged the general public to avoid indiscriminate dumping of plastic materials as this will help the government achieve its goals.
“It is hoped that the general public will embrace the right attitude to reduce indiscriminate dumping of plastic materials in the environment, to help the government to achieve its goals,” he said.
He called on residents of the state to complement the efforts of the state government to achieve a cleaner environment by disposing plastic and other waste products at designated points for easy evacuation and removal.
Yahaya revealed the government has involved the private sector to ensure proper waste management in the state.
“The ministry has been able to level heaps of refuse across the 21 local councils; it purchased various sizes of sanitary dustbins in 2016 to keep the environment clean. “The ministry has also, through sustainable health education, increased sensitisation on the importance of environmental sanitation, using traditional means of communication such as town criers and jingles.
“We have removed illegal structures on roadsides, cleared weeds on road medians in Lokoja metropolis, and cleaned gutters especially in flood-prone areas at intervals,” The commissioner said.