As part of the activity to mark the 2019 World Ocean Day, members of staff of Nestle Nigeria PLC and their partners took to cleaning up the Redline Resort Beach, Okun-Ajah, Lagos state.
The theme emphasized on proper disposal of plastic and recyclable wastes.
According to the participant of the clean-up exercise, there are 13 million tones of plastic leak into the ocean yearly and this leads to the death of about 100,000 marine animals, posing a threat to the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development
The Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nigeria, Mrs. Victoria Uwadoka, one of the participants who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN said improper disposal of plastics is one of the problems facing the environment.
She, therefore, urged Nigerian to ensure they properly desist wastes in order to maintain a sustainable environment.
“A recent study shows that in a couple of years, we would probably have more plastics in the ocean than fishes and this should be a major concern to all of us.
“If our ecosystem is destroyed and we don’t have an ecology to provide us with the nutrition that we all need, then we have a serious problem.
“So, as we celebrate the oceans today, we are bound to ensure that the oceans are free of plastics,” she said.
“I will advise Nigerians to be mindful of how they dispose wastes in order not to end up constituting a problem to the society in the nearest future.
“We should desist from throwing wastes out of our cars and other vehicles, in the drainage systems and on the road.
“We should all be conscious of the impact that improper disposal of wastes can have on the environment,” she said.
She advised Nigerians to properly gather and segregate wastes so that they could be recycled instead of being disposed of indiscriminately.
“Malaria is encouraged when our plastics are gathered at one place and collect water providing an enabling environment for malaria-causing agents to breed.
“So, the cleanliness of our environment is for our own good and I urge all of us to come together and play a part to ensure that we have a cleaner environment,” she said.