By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Secretary to Niger State Government, (SSG) Ahmed Ibrahim Matane has warned citizens across Niger State against the harmful practices of environmental degradation, improper disposal of waste materials particularly incombustible polythene bags, sachets, plastic bottles and all inorganic polymer materials which are grave dangers to human habitation.
Ahmed Ibrahim Matane said such materials that do not decay or get decomposed after laying beneath the immediately earth surfaces are threat to man and the ecosystems even as he advised citizens to avoid undoing themselves through behaviours that are inimical to safe environment.
He spoke at the flag off of the distribution of waste bins procured by the state Ministry of Environment for distribution within the metropolis of the state capital, Minna. He warned citizens to avoid anything that could lead to outbreak of communicable diseases.
The SSG stressed that waste materials must be properly managed to avoid exposing humanity to such things that could impact negatively on the environment and cause environmental pollution and their consequences on health.
He equally cautioned against indiscriminate opened air deification by citizens and described it as recirculating diseases from human waste back into human system.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Ramatu Umar explained that the idea of procuring the waste bins was conceptualized in 2017 when the Ministry came face to face with the enormous challenges being posed by littered polythene bags, used water sachets, empty plastic bottles and cans amongst other waste materials that were becoming common sights in every nook and crannies in the state capital.
Ramatu Umar said the Ministry in its determined efforts to ensure safe, hygienic environment has set out to deploy the waste bins to encourage citizens to cultivate the habit of properly disposing their waste materials particularly soft plastic and polythene bags, water sachets, plastic bottles and all other polymer materials into the waste bins provided so as to safeguard the environment.
She therefore charged citizens to own and manage the waste bins provided saying government’s efforts at controlling the spate of waste materials littering the spaces around human habitation must not be rubbished.