By Elizabeth Uwandu
Worried that Nigerians still grapple with unemployment, with the antecedent problem of waste management, Dr Chinyere Ogbonna, National coordinator, Exotic Green Gold Foundation, said the creative industry can be boosted, and sustainable development achieved through recycling.
Ogbonna whose NGO in partnership with Office of the Councillor, representing Ward K Amuwo Odofin LGA, hosted a colloquium tagged, ” Recycling, a viable option for sustainable environment,” said Nigerians especially youths and women could create worthwhile pieces that could be used to generate income, serve as aesthetics and also make the environment cleaner.
Ogbonna,who disclosed that the NGO is floated in honour of her late husband, Engr. Sam Bebo Ogbonna said the event was in commemoration of 2018 world’s environment themed, “Beat plastic pollution.”
She explained that, “This foundation wants to show the general public through the colloquium on waste to wealth exhibition that our number one environmental nuisance, the nylons and plastic can be reused, making our want not a highly valued treasure, even for empowerment.
“We want our youths to know that there are pounds and dollars on our streets which can be seen by few eyes. Again, in this country, there are few jobs but there are opportunities for work and self development through skill acquisition of which recycling is part.
Speaking on th NGO’s 2019 plan, the author of “We and our environment noted that, “We hope to improve the environment status of Spinal chord Injury Centre in Amuwo Odofin industrial estate with a donation of grass trimmer/mower, fumigation cans and pesticides , and adorn the premises with beautiful plants and flowers in the first quarter of 2019.
‘We want to organise public lecture on better environment, better option, BEBO ideology in honour of my husband,Engr Sam Bebo Ogbonna come April.’ she said.
The colloquium that saw the display of recycled products such as flowers vases, dustbin packs and shopping bags, etc. had in attendance Hon. Adewumi Ogunshina, Councillor, Ward K Amuwo Odofin LGA; members of Spinal chord injuries Association of Nigeria led by its chairman, Mr Obioha Onomogbu : Mr Taiwo Ade, of Reclyclepoints Nigeria and Mrs Olaleye Jirinsola, representative of General Manager, LASPARIC among other guests.