By Onyeukwu-Rowland Iheloghara
Statistics shows that 19 billion pounds of plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year and about 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean.
It is against this background that the Wife of Ondo State Governor, Her Excellency Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akaredolu called for massive awareness and resolute action to end this menace.
Mrs. Akeredolu made this call in a goodwill message presented during an event to mark 2018 World Ocean Day (WOD) organized by Mundus Maris in collaboration with Federal University of Technology Akure.
Speaking through the Wife of Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Research and Documentation, Mrs Omobolaji Adebayo, Mrs Akeredolu who has a strong background on aquaculture lamented that plastic pollution does not just affect marine life but affects humans in great measure and argued that the solution to plastic pollution lies in our packaging choice and preferred liquid container.
She said “To keep marine life and ourselves alive there’s need to take resolute steps to address plastic pollution both on land and in sea. The solution of plastic pollution lies in our packaging choice and preferred liquid container. It’s about time we shifted our thoughts from plastic to paper or fibre bags as the appropriate package material while making glass bottles and cans our preferred liquid container. We know! Taking plastic out of our planet completely might be a huge challenge, therefore we should ensure to reduce plastic usage, reuse it and support recycle.”
In her speech on behalf of Mundus Maris, the representative of Mundus Maris Nigeria Dr M.L. Adeleke expressed delight at the level of positive participation of Ondo State youths in the World Ocean Day celebration over the years and expressed hope that the knowledge acquired from the events will guarantee the protection of the part of Atlantic Ocean flowing into the state.
In his remarks the Principal of Staff Secondary School FUTA, Sir Anthony Ikuyinminu, expressed happiness for the choice his school as the venue of the event.
Sir Ikuyinminu appreciated the organizers for deeming it fit to catch the attention of the youths, which according to him generate greater quantum of plastic pollution in Nigeria without knowing the hazard associated with these pollution and expressed hope that the lectures would be an eye opener to the youths.
Highlights of the event were Launching of Modus Maris library in staff Secondary school FUTA,
Presentation of gifts and certificate to 2018 Mundus Maris participants,
Lectures and Quiz competitions.