…Flags off Activties for 2023 World Environment Day celebrations

The celebration of 2023 World Environment Day celebrations in Lagos kicked off on Wednesday with a sensitization campaign to discourage single use plastics within the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa as staffers who came in to the complex with single use polythene bags and plastic bottles had them exchanged with multi use bags and water bottles.

Addressing some of the workers who were visibly thrilled by the gesture at the Secretariat Main gate,Alausa,  the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji  said plastic waste has become a critical issue affecting the environment.

Represented by the Director Environmental Education, Mrs. Monsurat Banire,  he explained that plastic waste especially pet bottles and Styrofoam had become a menace in our society and getting rid of these items has become harder,  adding that an increase in its improper disposal portends great danger to human health.

He explained that most times, plastic waste if not disposed properly usually ends up in the ocean, thereby endangering marine and human life.

Highlighting the 2023 World Environment Day theme “Solutions to the Plastic Pollution” he said the campaign was to ensure the best way residents can avoid single-use plastics and embrace eco-friendly alternatives so that the beautiful planet remains a comfortable home for humanity.

He outlined the activities lined up for the 2023 World Environment Day celebration to include single use Plastic free day campaign  day where distribution of reuseable bottles and bags, will be distributed within the Secretariat.

He said there will also be a waterfront clean up and recycables buy back in 5 divisions across the state with a climax of the 2022 celebrations on Monday 5th of June, 2023.

Gaji encouraged residents to keep the reusable bags for shopping and move around with reusable water bottles to curb the menace of plastic pollution adding that the responsibility can not be left to the government alone.

Meanwhile, the World Environment Day celebration team also paid a courtesy call on the ahead of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola and was received by the Director, Post Service Department, Public Service Office, Mrs. Bukonla Durodola who commended the campaign  against single use plastics and pledged the state government’s support for it.

She said recycling can help protect the environment while conserving natural resources and as such the State Government has commenced training for retirees on the need to sort waste and ways to make money from recycling plastic waste.



Director (Public Affairs)


June 1st 2023

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