Jibril said, the theme of this year's celebration "Beat Plastic Pollution" with the action to "Love your Environment", was very apt for Nigerians in Nigeria, bearing in mind the nation's peculiar nature on plastic and polythene disposal. "If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish", he said.
He said the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari attaches much importance to the development of nation's environment. "These disposable plastics are known as "single use" plastics".
Bottled water produces 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year, and these bottles require 47 millions gallons of oil to produce, according to Food & Water Watch.
Plastic, which is rampantly polluting our water bodies, harming marine life and posing a threat to human health, has been one of the major concerns of environmental bodies this year.
"Plastic pollution is a global challenge that does not respect borders - it litters our streets, accumulates in our landfills, and contaminates our rivers and oceans".
On Tuesday, Associate Environmental Minister Eugenie Sage said the companies had pledged to do their bit to "stem the tide of plastic waste and plastic pollution".
The Minister said rapid urbanisation and economic development in numerous developing countries, had led to increase plastic use and plastic pollution, saying there were more plastics in the ocean now.
The march, organized by the ministry of environment through the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) is part of activities of the 2018 national environment week and World Environment Day due on June 5.
"People all across the United Kingdom are on the same page: ocean plastic pollution needs tackling and it is urgent that supermarkets take meaningful action to reduce their plastic footprint now". Are you with me to try every bit to eliminate all single use plastic from our world?
Imran Sabir from Sepa said that people should stop the use of one-time plastic commodities, such as straws and cups, which would create a huge positive impact.
This year's focus is on addressing plastic pollution.
As we commemorate the 44th World Environment Day (WED) today, let us remember the words of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in his book, Consciencism, he said, "Thought without practice is empty".
We must also expedite the mission of finding more natural alternatives to plastics that are environmental-friendly, sustainable, cost-effective and convenient. Around half of all plastic consumed is single use, meaning it immediately becomes waste if not recycled.