The Climate Parliament Nigeria Network in collaboration with Chanja Datti, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has commenced the installation of plastic and bottling recycling bins at the National Assembly complex as part of measures to address issues of climate change.
The installation is among other things, intended to increase the understanding of plastic and aluminium cans, waste disposal and the urgent need to protect the environment from the harmful effect of plastic and aluminium cans waste.
Speaking during the unveiling and installation of Plastic Bottles and Aluminum Cans in Abuja, Mr Sam Onuigbo, Chairperson, Climate Parliament Nigeria Network, said that the project is expected to influence behavioural change in plastic and aluminium cans disposal and positively impact the National Assembly’s immediate and external environment.
He said that it was the first time in Nigeria’s history that plastic recycle bins have been installed at the National Assembly, adding that he hopes that the items would help in driving the circular economy by supporting legislation, on single-use plastic legislation which can drastically reduce plastic pollution in Nigeria.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Chanja Datti, Ms Olufunto Boroface, said that the project signified to the nation and to the world that Nigeria is taking the issues of climate change and recycling seriously.
“This project which comes after the recently concluded climate summit in Egypt will further contribute to the reduction of carbon and methane emissions for those who are not aware,” she said.
She explained that Chanja Datti is also working with other sister agencies to create awareness on environmental protection especially issues of climate change.
She however commended the Climate Parliament Nigeria Network, UNIDO, British High Commission, Directorate of Estate and Works and the National Assembly for making the initiative possible.
Also speaking during the unveiling ceremony, the Director General of the National Council on Climate Change, Dr Salisu Dahiru, said that the Council would work with the private sector to help support the Climate Parliament Nigeria Network to move the project forward.
“For the National Council on Environment, we will continue to work with the Climate Parliament Nigeria Network for further guidance to pave way for the Council to succeed, because the vision of the Parliament behind the Nigeria Climate Change Act is a vision that is the best and would take Nigeria forward to ensure that Nigeria is reckoned with.
Story was adapted from EnvironNewsNigeria.