CEPEJ marks World Environmental Day 2019 with school children

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—Stakeholders call on residents to embrace green environment

By Enaibo Asiayei & Loveth Ojogun

The National Coordinator for Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, on Monday May 3, 2019, donated books and other materials for cleaning, to schools across Delta state to commemorate the ‘World Environmental Day 2019’.

Further, the CEPEJ organized a quiz and essay competition among some schools in the riverine area to encourage their learning and to prepare them for a better educational background.

The quiz competition which was part of events marking the World Environmental Day, the CEPEJ said it was organised to encourage young ones.

Speaking, Mulade said World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year to sensitise people of the environment and benefits of clean environment.

Sheriff added that people and groups have become viruses to the environment but especially the government and oil companies operating in the Niger Delta.

He advised on the need for all to put necessary measures in place to curb the environmental challenges. This was even as he hinted on gas flaring, advising that oil companies and host communities should embrace green environment initiative ongoing across the world.

Sheriff said green environment was one of the factors that formed the Pan African non-governmental, non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit civil society organization he superintends. He added that the CEPEJ was established in 2010 to compliment government efforts to address development and environmental challenges.

According to Sheriff, the CEPEJ launched  “OKOWA 4 CLEANER AND SAFER DELTA” to promote peace, sustainable environment, effective waste management and wildlife conservation.

He said, “We are committed to promoting a sustainable environment and support and partner with individuals, CSO,  government and private/public organizations to have a sustainable environment and build a better society for the next generation.”

However, on the part of the Chief Inspector of Education, Warri South West, Mrs Okerie C. O, she believed that if there were other individuals who could in their different capacity do what Sheriff has been doing, there will be a difference in the environment in the area.

Okerie nonetheless said that if there were provision of speed boats for the Chief Inspector of Education, going round schools in the area for supervision would have been easy.

She added that she was motivated by what Sheriff has been doing to aid the environment survive. A Senior Communication Manager, CEPEJ, a representative of Comrade Sheriff Mulade, was agog with what her boss has been doing and prayed they get the needed support to do more.