Michael Olanrewaju, Ilorin.
A non governmental organization, with self imposed responsibilities of cleaning of environment and safer society with name “#pickThatTrash” has advocated reorientation and attitudinal change of the citizens to a cleaner society.
The advocacy was made at the second anniversary of the organization, #PickThatTrash, held at the Mandate Hall of Radio Kwara, Ilorin, where the participants harped on collective responsibility in changing mindset against indiscriminate waste disposal in Kwara State.
In his remarks, the General Manager of the Kwara State Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Kwara), Alhaji Abdullateef Adedeji advised Kwarans to imbibe positive attitude towards the environment to avert diseases.
“I am happy that most of you in #PickThatTrash are youth and because you are youth you are still amenable. So, since you are amenable, the future is granted. What you need is our support. That is why right from day one we open our doors at Radio Kwara for #PickThatTrash to sensitise the public on environmental issues.
“It is important we change our attitude to environment. If we change our attitude, it will safe us from many things. Our environment will be safe, the climate will be safe and we will be protected from diseases,” Adedeji disclosed.
Alhaji Adedeji, however, urged members of #PickThatTrash to remained focused and tenacious in carrying out clean ups across the state and sensitize the public against indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
Also speaking, a retired Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Alhaji Isiaka Al-Amin said the current administration is spending huge amount of money to evacuate refuse in the state.
Al-Amin appealed to Kwarans not to live the responsibility of evacuating refuse and cleaning of the environment to government alone, saying that keeping the environment clean is the responsibility of all.
“No amount of task force can remedy the situation except we focus on reorientation of our people. They need to change their mindset towards the environment. Therefore, I commend members of the #PickThatTrash for your partnership and support while I was in the service,” Al-Amin said.
On her part, the Team Lead of #PickThatTrash in Kwara State, Miss Baliqees Salaudeen recalled that the NGO had carried out clean up of many markets in Ilorin.
“It is on record that we have carried out clean up exercises of Yoruba road market, Oja-Tuntun, Oja-Oba and Ipata market among others,” Salaudeen disclosed.
An Environmental Journalist and member of the #PickThatTrash, Abdulrosheed Okiki called for more collaboration among different organizations to support the government in putting sanitation and environmental issues at the front burner of every discussion with a view to averting outbreak of diseases.