Written by Godfrey AKON

NNPC announces new environment policy

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A new environment policy has been announced by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to enable it effectively manage waste streams generated during its operations and ensure that people and environment are protected.

Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, who stated this at the 2018 World Environment Day celebration in Abuja, said the policy will ensure effective use of the best available technology in mitigating environmental impact of its operation.

Represented by NNPC’s Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Engr. Saidu Mohammed, Baru restate the corporation’s continuous leaning towards improvement of its waste management practice in line with the policy which he recently signed.

The NNPC boss added that the corporation would henceforth employ the “principle of the 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - to achieve goal zero of no-harm to people and no harm to environment throughout its operations”.

Speaking on the theme of the 2018 World Environment Day, “Beat Plastic Pollution,” he called on people to make changes in their lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on the environment.

“We have all contributed to this problem – mostly unknowingly – and we must work together to reduce and ultimately to end plastic pollution,” he said, warning that plastic is composed of major toxic pollutants that could cause great harm to the environment in the form of air, water and land pollution.  

Also speaking, General Manager, Group Health Safety and Environment Department, Engr. Ahmed Rufai Shehu, said in its bid to institutionalize proper waste management practice across NNPC, the department had disposed of all identified electronic waste, e-waste, in the Towers in an environmentally friendly manner.

Shehu said the Department had also conducted awareness campaigns to cleaners and was in the process of introducing effective waste segregation practice in the Towers as pilot, adding that NNPC was eager to join the world in the bid to reduce the menace posed by plastic pollution.

Guest Lecturer at the event, Mrs Augusta Ayotamuno, disclosed that more than 8 million tons of plastics were dumped in the ocean every year and that about $13billion was required annually to clean up the ocean.

Ayotamuno, who teaches at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, advocated proper environmental practice through strict adherence to the three Rs, segregation of waste in coded bins as well as transformation of solid waste.










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