No fewer than 22 persons, including Borno Gov. Kashim Shettima and University of Lagos, on Sunday night in Cape Coast, Ghana, received awards for contributions to environmental sustainability.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the awards were given by the African Clean-up Initiative – an NGO committed to promoting environmental activities in communities and schools.
The NGO gave the awards at the end of its three-day 2017 African Clean Up Conference which had the theme: “Exploring New Horizon and Sustainable Best Practices in Waste Management and Recycling’’.
Mr Obinna Okenwa, Member representing Enugu South Urban Constituency in the state Assembly and Chairman, House committee on Petroleum Resources and Environmental Management, also received an award for environmental protection.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) environment reporter, Mrs Okuawan Offiong, was given the Environment Reporter of the Year Award, while Alhaji Yahaya Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, Developmental Association for Renewable Energies, was recognised for creating jobs through innovation in plastic bottle bricks.
Gov. Shettima received the Hero of the Environment Award for his investment in the environment sector in Borno.
The organisers said that the governor engaged youths and women in the state and provided 30 roll-off-roll-on compactors worth N250 million.
The governor was represented by Alhaji Nasiru Surundi, the General Manager of Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA).
Receiving the award, Shettima said that the state was committed to improving environmental sanitation and creating more awareness on the importance of environment sustainability.
Okenwa was represented by Mr Sammy Echi Agbo, Project Coordinator Honourable Obinna Okenwa Foundation (HOOF), a non-governmental organisation on environmental protection.
He said while receiving the award that he would do more to protect the environment and increase awareness on waste recycling.
The University of Lagos received the Recycling Institution of the Year Award for setting up a recycling centre.
The African Clean-up Initiative said that Okuawan had done much through news reports to create public awareness on the need for improved environmental sanitation.
The Convener of the African Cleanup Conference, Mr Alex Akhigbe, urged the awards recipients to contribute more to the sustainability of the environment.
He also called for continued partnership in protecting and promoting the six Rs in environmental sustainability.
The Rs are recycling, re-use, reduce, re-think, replace and refuse.
Access Bank Plc and Mr Taiwoadewole Adewole, Recyclepoints Executive Director, also received awards.