Some Non-Governmental Organisations, yesterday, took to the streets of Port Harcourt, to give support to reducing the wastes that have taken over some streets of the city in Rivers State.
The NGOs while carrying out the outreach also advocated for a government policy or legislation that would give impetus to waste recycling in the state, adding that such would put to end waste management crisis.
Speaking, Grace Alawa, the Executive Director of Sustainable Actions for Nature, SAN, said outreach was organised by Sustainable Action for Nature, SAN, AIESEC Port Harcourt, YALI Rivers, Future Savers, African Cleanup Initiative, ACI, Centre for Sustainable Development Initiative, SUSTYVIBE (as convener) as part of events to mark the year’s Environment Day tagged, ‘Only one Earth’.
Alawa said the essence of the cleaning up that started at Abali Park was part of actions to mitigate against climate change, adding that the partnership would be able to reach out to the people.
She said: “We came out as volunteers to try and clear this park. Make it clean for them to stay in. UN recently passed that a sustainable environment is part of human right that is the reason we are here. We need to come to the streets for people to see.
However, Anita Ike, Team Leader for Susty Vibes, advocated for policy or legislation from the state government that would enforce waste recycling.
Ike noted that if wastes were being recycled that the streets would not be littered with dirt, stating that waste management has become a huge challenge to the state.