Youth based Environment Advocacy group calls on government to beef up enforcement of environment laws during celebration of World Youth Skills Day and Nelson Mandela Day

Youth based Environment Advocacy group calls on government to beef up enforcement of environment laws during celebration of World Youth Skills Day and Nelson Mandela Day
Youth based Environment Advocacy group calls on government to beef up enforcement of environment laws during celebration of World Youth Skills Day and Nelson Mandela Day

World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) is celebrated on the 15th of July annually by the United Nations. The first World Youth Skills Day was declared on 15th July 2014, during the United Nations General Assembly.

The reason for designating this date is to generate greater awareness and discussion on the importance of technical, vocational education, training and the development of other skills relevant to both local and global economies. It is believed that it will contribute to achieving better socio-economic conditions for today’s youth as a means of addressing the challenges of unemployment and underemployment.

To this end, My Environment, My Wealth, a Port Harcourt-based environmental advocacy group has called on the Rivers State Government and agencies in the state to beef up proper waste disposal within the state and also address other environmental threats.

The call was made at the Flag-off of the second phase of the Port Harcourt Anti-Littering campaign which held Saturday, July 13, 2019, at State Primary School, Okoro N’odo, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

The event tagged #Recycle4Gain also featured a mini-town hall meeting segment with representatives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Rumuokoro branch who promised to continuously check indiscriminate waste littering amongst commercial drivers.

According to Wonne Afronelly, Group Convener, My Environment, My Wealth, feedback from NURTW Rumuokoro park where campaign in commemoration of World Environmental Education Day (#WEED2019) was unveiled in January 2019 would serve as guide for subsequent engagements with government and other stakeholders.

Cross section of participants during mini town hall meeting

Mr Kalu and 2 other representatives of NURTW Rumuokoro

Speaking on why the event held last Saturday was tagged #Recycle4Gain, Wonne said, “a lot of people have asked why the name myEnvironment MyWealth when discussions surrounding the group is protecting the environment, we decided to activate the MyWealth part of the brand.”

Wonne stated that “it is our strategy to ensure people inculcate the habit of sorting waste from point source and to flag off the second phase of the Port Harcourt Anti-littering campaign, the event was tagged #Recycle4Gain to hold at least once every month until December 2019, featuring collection of recyclables and giving people incentives (household consumables).

Cross section of participants

This would also serve as a source of resource for our waste-to-wealth initiative – upcyling (building plastic bottle shelters, furniture and more) and in order to encourage practical examples on how to #BeatPlasticPollution, we have stuck to our pattern of serving refreshments using all alternatives to Plastic packaging; today we served refreshments in leaves – it is more healthy and #EcoFriendly,” she concluded.

Team Leads taking refreshments wrapped in leaves

Francis eating something yummy from leaves

The facilitators of the event were Prince Wonne, Team Lead MyEnvironment MyWealth; Francis Eghehan, YALIServes and Smith Nwokocha of Eco-Network.

Wonne AFRONELLY and Facilitators Francis Eghehan, Prince Wonne

Some incentives on display

Stickers for households and commercial motorists

Marcellina participant from Eleme gifted some foodstuff and Rhapsody of Realities daily devotional

Support was from Pastor Debby Jones, Founder G-Influence Magazine; Ake Victor, Founder Ledde Initiative and Chidera Ezekwesili, PickThatTrash Office Desk officer.

Compiled by Alli Abiola www.itsallisay.com

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