The NLNG Shipping and Marine Services Ltd. (NSML) has launched its Clean Water Initiative to raise awareness of dangers of plastic pollution.
The Chief Executive Officer of NSML, Mr Abdulkadir Ahmed, said this in a statement on Thursday, August 10, 2023, in Lagos.
Ahmed said the plastic crisis if not addressed would affect economic activities, human health, and the environment.
“Our waterways, and by extension the world’s oceans, are in the depths of a plastic crisis.
“Plastics and marine pollution have found their way into every marine ecosystem, impacting economic activities and the health of our people and the environment.
“We all have a role to play in protecting our oceans. The NSML Clean Water Initiative is our way of contributing to the global effort to tackle plastic pollution.
“We urge everyone to join us in this important work,” Ahmed said.
Also speaking, Nigeria LNG Limited’s (NLNG’s) General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Andy Odeh, said the clean water initiative was a universal cause, given the importance of water to human existence.
The launch of the Clean Water Initiative comes at a time when the world is facing a growing plastic pollution crisis.
According to the United Nations, over eight million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year, and scientists warn that, by 2050, there will be more plastic (by weight) than fish in the sea.
The NSML Clean Water Initiative is a call to action for all stakeholders to address this urgent problem. It adopts a “TRIPLE A” Awareness, Advocacy, and Action strategy.
It seeks to raise public awareness, educate stakeholders, and drive policy changes and solutions at the sub-national and national levels.
The initiative will focus on clean-up efforts, improving waste management, and promoting recycling practices to reduce the inflow of plastics and waste into our rivers and waterways.
It is said to be a significant step forward in the fight against plastic pollution.
By Chiazo Ogbolu