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Plastic pollution: Okota residents beg Lagos Government for attention

By Augustine Aminu

This is real danger on our hands.

This is a major drainage in Okota district, Lagos State. Here the drainage linking some streets empties into a nearby large river.

At this estuary type of link to the river, a mass of floating seaweed blocks the mouth of the estuary and forms this huge accumulation of thousands of discarded plastic bottles.

Under normal weather conditions, these non-biodegradable substances constitute serious hazard to a clean environment, as they also contaminate the earth.

It takes a full century for a plastic substance to decay and with the huge tonnage Nigeria turns out daily and less than 2% recycled, we face an imminent danger to the safety of our environment.

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