Ondo’s First Lady wants people sensitised on healthy ocean life
By Maria Famakinwa
The wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has called for concerted efforts to guide against human activities that can have negative effects on the ocean.
She made the during this year’s World Ocean Day celebration held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).
Speaking on the theme, “Women and Ocean’ the First Lady explained that the World Ocean’s Day is an annual event celebrated on June 8 which seeks to sensitise and encourage people around the world to work towards sustaining healthy ocean life.
She called on women in particular to imbibe healthy environmental practices that can help preserve the ocean.
Mrs Akeredolu warned against plastic pollution which she described as the accumulation of plastic objects in the earth’s environment which she noted affects wildlife, wildlife habitat and humans.”
The First Lady also recommended adequate sensitisation on the need for ocean-friendly practices as she called on Government, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) Corporate Organisations and individuals to provide necessary assistance by conducting a geological survey, establishment of community -based emergency unit, education and public awareness, personal responsibility, government leadership among others towards preserving and sustaining the ocean.
In his welcome address, Chairman of the occasion, Prof Oyedapo Fagbenro revealed that 2019 makes it six years since FUTA has been celebrating World’s Ocean Day and that this year’s theme is apt.
In his remarks, FUTA Vice Chancellor, Prof Joseph Fuwape described this year’s World Ocean Day celebration as special and memorable because of its theme adding that ocean enormous benefits to the environment cannot be over-emphasized hence, the need to preserve the ocean.