Great­ness w is vain — Baba

The Punch - - SWAG! -

dream. It was an abil­ity I ob­served dur­ing my un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies; thanks to my course mates who helped me to dis­cover it. I had a unique abil­ity of ex­plain­ing com­plex con­cepts in sim­ple, un­der­stand­able ways, and this was the pointer re­spon­si­ble for the de­ci­sion to be­come an aca­demic. It is a de­ci­sion I have never re­gret­ted. The ad­di­tional ben­e­fit of be­ing a re­searcher along­side lec­tur­ing was an­other mo­ti­va­tional fac­tor for me, as my nat­u­ral cu­rios­ity found ful­fill­ment in sci­en­tific re­search.

As an

Nige­ria is the largest black na­tion on earth with an es­ti­mated pop­u­la­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 195 mil­lion peo­ple. Our cur­rent growth rate stands at 2.57 per cent which is one of the high­est in the world. Our sky­rock­et­ing pop­u­la­tion will not only cause a fur­ther strain on the shrink­ing eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties in the coun­try, but would also lead to the pro­duc­tion of more waste, lit­ter­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. The use of land­fills is our fore­most waste dis­posal strat­egy; how­ever, it’s been found to con­tam­i­nate drink­ing ground­wa­ter. This im­plies that the more our waste in­creases, the higher the risk of ground­wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion and wa­ter­borne dis­eases. Sadly, the gov­ern­ment has no sus­tain­able plans on how best to man­age the dev­as­tat­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems ahead. A re­cent study in a UK uni­ver­sity re­vealed that mi­croplas­tic was found in all the

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.