Benin city – Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday disclosed plans to create jobs through recycling of plastic wastes.
Governor Obaseki disclosed this to newsmen in Benin city during the state government’s commemoration of 2018 World Environment Day, with the theme: “Beat Plastic Pollution”.
The Edo state governor, represented at the occasion by the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainability, Omoua Alonge Oni-Okpaku said the state wants to champion the use of plastic wastes to create wealth in Nigeria.
According to Obaseki, “Other countries are doing it (recycling) and Edo state want to drive that course for Nigeria.
“We want to recycle them (plastic waste) to create more jobs opportunity for people. We want to teach them what they can use plastics for”.
The governor who decried the level of harm the plastic wastes is causing to the environment globally, noted that, it is an issue that calls for stakeholders to brainstorm on and proffer lasting solution to curtail the menace of these materials.
“If you look around the drains and gutters around you, it is one of our major problems, it is entering back into the stream, river. It is affecting the food we eat and affecting our lifestyle.
“Our life expectancy seems to be reducing due to the negative effect of these plastic wastes”, he added.