Queen Ijeoma Chikezie, former Miss United Nations World Habitat (UNWH), and Founder of Help Keep Clean Foundation, says health is inextricably linked to the environment, if you want to be healthy keep your environment clean.
Chikezie made this assertion at the National Health Advancement and Awards Conference and the official launch of the Clean the Carbon Campaign, held on Thursday in Abuja.
Chikezie, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), stressed the need for attitudinal change on the part of the public toward ensuring the overall safety and longevity of the environment.
According to her, our health is inextricably linked with our environment, if you want to be healthy keep your environment clean.
“So, I urge all of us, in the market places, in the industry, in your work places, in the factory, please, I urge you all try to keep the environment clean.
“Try to adopt the appropriate waste management measure; we have the Abuja Environmental Protection Board always chasing us.
“If we do our part, we won’t have to stress them so much to be chasing us up and down.
“So, I beg of us please let’s put hands together and make this work, not just for Nigeria or Africa but for the world at large, so, we can enjoy this earth that’s all we have”.
While speaking on her pet project and what inspired the vision at such a young age, Chikezie said the opportunity to commit to saving the environment came after she won the miss United Nations World Habitat in 2017.
“I am an Ex-miss UNWH, and after I was crowned, I got the platform, but before I got the platform I’ve always cared about the environment.
“I am very concerned when it comes to pollution, climate change and the issues we are facing in Nigeria.
“And then if you look at the major global change issues that we are facing not just in Nigeria, around the world, it is climate change and global warming and this two factors are caused by everyday human activities, like burning of fossil fuels, our cars, cutting down trees, gas flaring from the oil companies, pollution, solid waste management, land filling.
“These are the things that cause global change issues, and you can see the disadvantages in flooding, fire outbreaks etc.
“If we don’t fight this climate change and global warming in the next 30 years, I don’t think we will be able to live in this earth, I doubt that”.
Chikezie, therefore, called on the government and the public to join hands together to ensure a healthier environment for a greater future.
For her part, the Minister of State for FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijjani, advised the public to adopt the three R’s (Reduce, Re-use and Recycle), adding that environmental pollution in Nigeria is a human made problem, and it is, therefore, up to us to be determined to fix it.
She was represented by Dr Alice Osuji of Primary Health Care Area Councils Services Secretariat, FCT
Similarly, Mr Ifeoluwa Oyedele, the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), said he is happy at the commitment of the organisers for creating a platform to engage each other in addressing the issues of global change.
Oyedele, also the special guest of honour, had emphasised the need for Nigerians to have an attitudinal change, saying that our problem is indiscipline and incompetence as compared to other nations where they adhere to rules.
He urged Nigerians to take the sustainability of the environment very seriously.
Some high points of the event were panel presentations, drama and dance presentations by Secondary School Students and Stage presentations by guests and stakeholders in the environment sector.