YASIF Unveils Public Education Initiative on Plastic Waste Management
The Young Advocates for Sustainable and Inclusive Future (YASIF) has trained fifty women as part of a programme to increase public awareness of plastic waste management in Nigeria.
The event, which took place in the hamlet of Karon Majiji, one of Abuja's local settlements, also attempted to influence good behavioural changes among grassroots women and young people on proper plastic waste management.
In her introductory remarks, Blessing Ewa, the founder of YASIF, provided an overview of the Waste Free Communities initiative and praised the community members for their cooperation in guaranteeing the success of the exercise.
She explained that one of the goals is to enable the community's residents to adopt the culture of proper plastic waste management to promote a healthier and more eco-friendly environment for everyone.
“Going forward, YASIF and her partners intend to reach out to many other grassroots communities within and outside the federal capital territory (FCT) to create more impact and help to combat plastic pollution in Nigeria,” Ewa said.
Hakimi Bawa, the representative of the village of Karon Majiji, congratulated the organisers for considering his community deserving of adopting this beautiful and enlightening proposal.
He charged the beneficiaries to put their newly learned knowledge to good use and promised that the community would adopt a proactive approach to managing plastic waste and pollution in the future.
“The community will leverage the newly acquired knowledge to ensure that indiscriminate plastic waste and pollution is a thing of the past,” he assured.
Adesuwa Obasuyi, Climate Change Policy Manager at the British High Commission in Nigeria, was also present at the meeting.
She, like the previous speakers, praised the YASIF for conceiving the initiative and urged the attendees to become a part of the solution by addressing the difficulties of indiscriminate plastic waste disposal and management throughout the nation.
The founder of Ecocykle Limited, Aliyu Sadiq, gave a presentation on plastic pollution and its effects on human and environmental health.
To expedite the attainment of a more sustainable environment, he presented essential suggestions for how members of local communities might assist in reducing the difficulties caused by plastic garbage.
To develop the concept of a circular economy throughout the nation, an incentive-based community recycling programme was launched to guide participants and assist them in contributing to the issue of plastic waste management.
YASIF is implementing this initiative in collaboration with Ecocykle Limited, Community Action Against Plastic Waste, African Environmental Awareness Initiative, Chanja Datti Nigeria, and Fam4theFuture.