The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged industrial firms in the state to pay more attention to environmental sustainability by reducing their use of plastic.
Sanwo-Olu stated this at an Environment Forum themed, ‘The Earth, Our Business, Our Future’ in Lagos on Wednesday, July 3.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, noted that plastic bottles and other non-degradable items posed a serious threat to the environment.
He said that his administration was committed to synergising with the private sector to promote environmental sustainability, urging industrial organisations to invest in environmentally-friendly technologies.
Sanwo-Olu said, “Our administration is ready to collaborate with private sector whose activities impact more on the environment to seek innovative ways of carrying on their activities without jeopardising people’s lives and the sustainability of the planet.
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“These organisations must consider investing in new environmentally friendly technologies, especially in the areas of renewable energy, waste recycling, emissions and packaging.
“For instance, plastic waste is constituting a major challenge to the environment, polluting our water bodies and blocking our drainage.
“We owe it as a responsibility to our future to promote policies, strategies and business models that will ensure the sustenance of an environment that will continue to provide support for our lives, our businesses and the future of humanity.”
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