The Climate Parliament Nigeria Network in collaboration with a Non Governmental Organisation, Chanja Datti has commenced the installation of plastic and bottle recycling bins at the National Assembly complex to address environmental Pollution.
At the unveiling and Installation of Plastic Bottles and Aluminum Cans recycling in Abuja, the Chairman, Climate Parliament Nigeria Network, and member House of Representatives from Abia state Mr Sam Onuigbo said the objective was to improve the recycling of plastic and aluminum cans, waste disposal and the urgent need to protect the environment from the harmful effect of such waste.
He noted that the project was also expected to influence behavioral change waste disposal and positively impacts the National Assembly’s immediate and external environment.
“This is the first time in Nigeria’s History that plastic recycle bins are being installed at the National Assembly. This is essentially significant because this complex represents the heart of decision making for Nigeria. What better way to make a symbolic statement down to install these at a place where critical decisions about Nigeria are made.” He explained.
According to him, the projects would contribute in driving the circular economy by supporting legislation, on single use plastic legislation which can drastically reduce plastic pollution in Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Officer of Chanja Datti, Ms Olufunto Boroface said project signified that Nigeria was taking the issues of climate change and recycling seriously.
“This project that is happening in the hallowed halls of the National Assembly, especially on the back of COP 27, which is the United Nations Climate Change Conference that just ended in Egypt, the launching and unveiling of the recycling bins is leading to again the reduction of carbon and methane emissions for those who are not aware.” She said.
She however commended the Climate Parliament Nigeria Newtork, UNIDO, British High Commission, Directorate of Estate and Works, of the National Assembly for making the initatives possible.
Director General 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, NCE, 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.
Regional Director, United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO Mr. Jean Bakole, Represented by the Environment Expert Mr Yomi Banjo , said Nigeria has continued to display leadership position in Africa by developing various initiatives and policies aimed at combating plastic and solid waste pollution.
The program Climate Parliament Nigeria Network, started in the year 2018 with an objective to build capacity and mobilise political will to advance the transition to renewable and promote access to clean energy and sustainable transport.
Reporting by Godson Elekwachi; editing by Abdullahi Lamino