It is a known fact that plastic and other waste threatening the shore are evidence of unsustainable human habit turning the waterways into another dump site. The accumulated litter over time has become a major challenge with direct and immediate effect for navigation. Recently, a report by the World Economic Forum indicated that by the year 2050 plastics in the ocean will outweigh fishes if not mitigated.
Against this backdrop, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), an agency of government responsible for regulating activities around the coast line says it is ready to take its stand on pollution.
According to Director General of NIMASA, Peterside Dakuku, while addressing the issue in a Forum, he said, “The issue of plastic in the sea and ocean has remained a global concern, particularly following the increase awareness about its effects on the economy. The challenges of marine and plastic pollution are multiple, and include threat to food security, threat to economic activities, navigational hazard, water safety, threat to the ecosystem, harmful effect on marine life among others.”
The maritime regulatory agency is focusing on driving legislation, policy and enforcement to deal with the amount of plastic and other wastes making their way to the water.
Thus, a senator is sponsoring a bill with regards to plastic pollution, and proliferation of plastic across the country.
It is discovered that NIMASA is going to be spending billions of Naira to tidy the environment. To resolve the problem those benefitting from it must take responsibility.
Speaking on plastic pollution, Chairman Committee on Marine Safety, Education and Administration, Honourable Sharon Ikeazor, was of the view that, “Nigeria does not lack in laws or bills in legislation, we lack enforcement, and we have to start enforcing if we are going to achieve the required result.”