World Environment Day: Crank Industrial Engines Without Pollution, Says AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Boss

June 06 19:59 2020

As the world currently observes lowest record of air and noise pollution due to lockdown in many industries and offices, let us consider return to work without pollution, says Princess Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development/ African Peer Review Mechanism (AUDA-NEPAD/APRM) Nigeria.
Akobundu made the call in her message on Friday, marking 2020 edition of World Environment Day, first observed exactly 46 years ago by United Nations to create awareness on issues concerning safety of the environment.
The theme of this edition of the Day is Biodiversity' – a concern that is both urgent and existential. According to her, every life should be considered safe in its habitat but pollution has been a major threat to many lives, especially in the city centres and industrial communities. While we need active industries to cater for needs of our large population, let us prioritise possibility of production and manufacturing without air and noise pollution.
The impact of pollution is not only felt by human but also other organisms which co-habit with them, certain species of birds and other animals are going into extinction as a result of pollution. Also waste products and unused items like plastics should be properly disposed and considered for re-use, as they may generate revenues for both individuals and the nation,” she said.
Akobundu said appropriate disposal of wastes would also promote neat and healthy environment in the society.
She said other tiers of government should support Federal Governments efforts in implementing safety policies that are in agreement with African Union’s programmes on environmental safety, in line with Agenda -2063.
The programmes as espoused in the mandates of AUDA-NEPAD includes: Gender Climate Change Agriculture Support;Climate Smart Agriculture; African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative, among others.

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