Ikpeazu said this on Tuesday during the commemoration of the 2018 World Environment Day in Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU).
They said: "While we call on government to take necessary action against plastics pollution, there are so many things that we can do as individuals".
The symposium titled "Voices against pollution, moving towards green energy" was organised on the occasion of World Environment Day.
The United Nations warns that 360 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year, and levels are set to nearly double to 619 million tonnes by 2030, with cigarette butts, drinks bottles and caps and food wrappers the most common single-use plastics.
Highlighting the importance of protecting the environment, the minister said, "Environmental issues are gaining attention at various levels as their implications are not just on the present generation but also the future generations".
Speaking in the context of the UN's theme "Beat Plastic Pollution" at the commemoration of World Environment Day, Rio shared the idea of a Plastic Free Nagaland by December 1, 2018, by urging the citizens to have an action plan and ensure the use of alternatives like jute bags, cloth bags, bamboo cutlery that enables a clean environment.
New Delhi has tried repeatedly over the past decade to ban the use of thin plastic bags, most recently announcing a heavy fine for rule-breakers. "This will inspire the world and ignite real change".
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On Twitter, Guterres pledged to abolish the use of plastic bottles in his office, and he did that starting on Monday, removing all plastic bottles from his office, conference rooms and Department for Public Information.
In the same context, Mohamed Shehab, CEO of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), said that the national EU-funded initiative to reduce the consumption of plastic bags has been launched on June 5, 2017, during which around 4.5 million tons of biodegradable plastic bags were distributed in 18 months. It is estimated that Nigeria loses about $5.1bn every year owing to rapid encroachment of drought and desert in most parts of the North. "Let us all join together to beat plastic pollution and make this planet a better place to live", Modi said.
Beyond focusing on plastic wastes are the other dangers which poor environmental habits constitute to human existence.
"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".
The goal of celebrating world environment day is to bring worldwide focus on importance of environment and to stimulate attention and actions for improving the environment.