Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, on Tuesday June 5, 2018, joined the rest of the world to celebrate year 2018 edition of the World Environmental Day in the institution.
The World Environment day was inaugurated by the United Nations General Assembly in the year 1972
In his remarks on the occasion, the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen represented by his Deputy, Dr. Samuel Akintunde described the day as very significant and congratulated staff of the institution for joining the rest of the world in marking the day.
Prof. Ogen also used the occasion to commend staff of companies handling sanitation activities in the College for doing a good job by keeping the institution's environment clean at all times.
The Provost said: "We thank you for keeping the College neat. People have been commending us and we have been given awards for neatness. So, if people say our College is neat, it is because you are doing your work".
While reiterating his administration's commitment to improving workers welfare, the College helmsman urged staff of the College to redouble their efforts in service delivery and work towards the growth and advancement of the institution.
Prof. Ogen commended members of the College Environmental and Sanitation Committee (CESC) for organising the event and urged them to continue to contribute their quota to the progress of the College in the task of ensuring clean, healthy and habitable environment.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Chairman Adeyemi College of Education Environment and Sanitation Committee, Dr. Rasheed Oloyede explained the significant of the World Environment Day and stated that the day was set aside by the UN General Assembly in 1972 " to bring positive change to human environment and to protect natural environment for the betterment of all its inhabitants "
He explained that the decision by the College to join the rest of the world, was aimed at enlightening and sharing information concerning benefits inherent in" green technology,” for staff and students of the College.
Speaking in the theme of this year's celebration entitled: "BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION ", the ACE ESC chair said: "It is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time ".
Oloyede spoke on dangers of plastic pollution and stressed the need for proper waste management as well as regular disposal of used plastic products stating that decision would help in safeguarding human life.
Similarly, he also harped on the need for staff and students to engage in tree planting, regular cleaning of the campus, protection of animal, conservation of water and energy in their places of domicile.
He thanked members of the College Management for support given to his committee and appealed for additional assistance through the provision of plastic granulator, which he said would help his committee in tackling disposal of plastic materials in the College, Ondo kingdom and other places saying " pellet produced from the granulation would be sold to plastic industries and this will add to the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the College ".
In a paper delivered on the occasion entitled: " PLASTIC POLLUTION: DEFINITION, CAUSES, EFFECTS AND SOLUTIONS", by a resource person, Engineer Christopher Oluwalambe Akinborewa, described Plastic pollution as " the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that adversely affects wildlife and wildlife habitat ".
The paper presenter also spoke on causes of plastic pollution and warned against the use and indiscriminate dumping of plastic materials saying " every time products line with plastic such as milk cartons, water bottles and tiny plastic beads " gets thrown away or washed down a sink, the toxic pollutants have more chance to enter the environment and do harm" he remarked.
He listed effects of plastic pollution to include disturbance of food chain, pollution of groundwater, land, air, killings of animals, poisoning of environment and increment in cost of administration among others.
On ways by which plastic pollution could be addressed, Akinborewa suggested the replacement of plastic bags with reusable type, getting rid of plastic bottle water, educating of business owners on the dangers of using plastic bottles, seeking legislative enactment on use of plastic as well as recycling non-plastic materials in packaging.
The programme held at the Obongawan Ekong lecture theatre featured side attraction which includes traditional Ayo Olopon and Draught games competition. It
It was attended by other principal officers of the College including the Registrar, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede; Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul and Acting Librarian Mr. Akinade Awoyemi.
Also present were workers and Managing Directors of registered sanitation companies namely Etrodat Company, Peerless, Fortune Cleaners, Igbekele company Limited as well as Christdel Waste Management Nigeria Limited.
Meanwhile, in a football competition organised by the ACESEC, as part of activities marking the celebration of day in the College between the football team of Ondo Boys' High School Ondo and Adeyemi College of Education Demonstration Secondary School also from Ondo City, the former defeated the latter by three goals to one ( 3- 1).
The match held at the College Sports Centre and Chairman by the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde who represented the Provost, Prof. Olukoya Ogen climaxed with the presentations of gift items to match officials and players from the two schools by the Chairman College of Education Academic Staff Union, ACE chapter, Comrade Dr Tope Oziegbe.