A civil rights organisation, One Environment, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to re-enact the popular ‘War Against Indiscipline’, to protect the environment and enhance its sustainability.
The organisation also warned that except stringent measures were taken to protect the environment, Nigeria risked serious disasters in about 2040.
The Executive Director, Art Collective Foundation, Mr. Comedy Nwanyanwu, stated this in an interview with our correspondent on the sidelines of a press briefing held in Abuja to herald the inauguration of One Environment scheduled for July 2016.
He also informed that the OE intended to plant 5,000 trees within the next 12 months in Abuja and its satellite communities.
The essence of the OE, he said, was to bring together environmental experts to discuss the challenges and articulate ideas that would promote sustainability organic contents.
Nwanyanwu said, “If the government can enforce some of the policies that we have on ground like sanctions and environmental sanitation and disposals, there will be sanity. If you go to the market a lot of people are more concentrated on the goods that they sell but less interested in the environment through which they generate money. That is why you see people dumping refuse everywhere even when they are in taxis and nobody is arresting them.
“That is what I am saying, the War Against Indiscipline should be brought back, this time tor the environment. The problem is not that we don’t have the policies but it is about lack of enforcement of these policies. That is where we have issues; so if the government comes up and becomes very firm in enforcing some of those things we won’t have a problem.
“I don’t see any reason why people should dump refuse on the road; we don’t have any recycling collection point. Everything is all mixed up together and by the end of the day, we find them in land fields and it is not supposed to be like that.
“If the government is able to enforce what they have brought to the table, it makes it easier for us to get along and it goes on to say that we can’t deny the fact that some of the little things we do collectively affect the environment.”
According to him, Nigeria will be in a serious problem in some years to come because of certain factors, which constitute a threat to the environment.
He said, “We have already seen danger, it will be like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire if we just keep up with this abusive attitude towards the environment. I don’t even want to start imagining how it will be in the next 10 years. I will rather imagine if we start getting our acts right because the projection is that in 2040, Nigerian population will come up to 350 million. So, you can imagine how much waste we will be generating if we keep on with this abusive attitude. We are all here enjoying fresh air and beautiful environment. Why should we mess it up for our kids to come and clean it up? It doesn’t make sense.”