Port Harcourt-based environmental advocacy group – My Environment My Wealth, has made history by launching the first plastic bottle shelter in the Niger-Delta area of Nigeria, in line with the United Nations aim to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges and promoting energy efficiency in the world.
The unveiling which took place at the State Primary School Okoro N’odo was part of the group’s one week-long activities to commemorate World Environment Day and World Oceans Day 2019.
The week long event tagged #BeatAirPollution held between Tuesday June 4 and Saturday June 8 2019 and featured exhibitions, quiz, road shows, beach cleanup, games, comedy, drama, and music.
Also unveiled during the event was the first anti-littering song in Nigeria by My Environment, My Wealth and second edition of the Verdant Circus Magazine.
Part of the activities that marked the celebration was also a conference and youth panel session.
During the panel session tagged ‘YOUTHS DRIVING SDGs,’ at KDC event hall, Port Harcourt, a communiqué was adopted to serve as guide ahead of a roundtable to be held on August 12, the United Nations’ International Youth Day.
Panelists at the event were Ake Victor, Wejinya Michael, Onwuaso Bethel, Ibigoni George Fente, Daniel Akibor amongst others, with panel session anchored by Charity Dumadi.
Participants of the event agreed that safer environment is achieved through transforming waste to wealth, by using waste plastic bottles for shelter, to create furniture and drive innovation in the process, evacuation of waste is not being managed and recycled properly, hence waste should be recycled and transformed for production.
Participants also concluded that hunger is a huge barrier in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, thus organizations are advised to use 10 percent of their profit and earnings to feed or reach out to those on the street and traumatized individuals should be mentored, guided and be empowered through skills acquisition and craft making while also noting that health care is essential for fighting against environmental hazards such as blacksoot, therefore the environment must be kept clean always, amongst other resolutions.
Speakers at the event were Enemi Alabo George, Honourable Member Representing Asari Toru Constituency ii) who spoke on resilience and sustainability in business; Bon Woke, Director News & Current Affairs, Rivers State Television Authority who addressed the role of media in environmental sustainability; Arc. Ipalibo West who spoke on Roles of Trees in combating air pollution.
Participants of the event were thrilled and impressed on the outcome of the event.
One of the participants of the conference, an OVC from the Luther Welfare Centre, in another program,
cited the presentation of one of the speakers Dr Uyobong Uko, on Climate Smart Agriculture as a way Refugees, IDPs can help themselves survive.
While giving his remarks, the Rivers state chairman of the Nigerian Environment Society Rivers state, Kingsley Nwogbidi commended the organizers of the conference for putting such feat together.
Abayomi Oke (immediate past commissioner for youth and sports Oyo state and former SA on Environment to the Oyo state Governor) was chairman of conference and moderator of Youth Panel Session.
On her part the initiator of myEnvironment myWealth Wonne Afronelly thanked everyone who has supported her work in environment past 8 years. She also stated that the radio program in 3 years has raised so much awareness as seen by recent responsiveness of people to environmental hazards as the people not just government problem.
The week long event was concluded with the verdant carnival road sensitization and cleanup at the Port Harcourt Tourist Beach to mark the World Oceans Day.
The program was sponsored by RivProw and The Femi Foundation with support from Radio Rivers, Garden City Radio and Bliss Octanoprise International.