Speaking when the zonal office marked this year’s World’s Environment Day, the Manager of the zonal office, Mr. James Adebola, stated that every Nigerian should ensure that the environment was preserved for future generations.
He said as a socially-responsible organisation, the NNPC under the leadership of the Group Managing Director, Mr. Andrew Yakubu and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, observed the World Environment Day to sensitise its staff and other stakeholders on the dangers facing the environment.
He said the sensitisation programme was part of NNPC’s contributions towards saving the environment, stressing that the environment day was observed in all the corporation’s locations nationwide.
“The message should be passed on to the public and we are using our staff in disseminating the information to the larger society. Our message is that we should be conscious of the environment and ensure that it is not abused because if it has been abused before now, we wouldn’t have had where to live today. It is our responsibility to maintain a healthy environment for the future generations,” he said.
Citing global statistics, Adebola stated that studies had shown that one-third of the food produced in the world was being wasted and called for concerted efforts to ensure that those things that degraded the environment were avoided.
“We have been told that one-third of the food produced in the world is being wasted that there should be conscious efforts to ensure that we eat only what our system requires. We should also ensure that those things that degrade the environment are avoided,” he added. Adebola noted that the NNPC had also observed other relevant programmes such as the World Malaria Day; and the World Hypertension Day because of its responsiveness for the plight of the larger society.
“It will be disastrous if we just decide to degrade the environment and the people coming behind us will not have conducive environment to live in. So, it is important that we make conscious efforts to ensure the protection and preservation of the environment. The theme of this year’s programme is that “We should think, eat and save. Before we eat, we should think of what we wanted to eat and then decide within ourselves whether we are using that to save the environment or not. We should also think to know if we are wasteful in what we eat or not,” he explained.
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