President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Saturday officially launched the National Cleaning Exercise, as pledged in his 'First 100 Days Goals', by clearing the garbage around the Maafannu Stadium in the capital Male.
Vice President Faisal Naseem, former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, senior government officials along with local NGOs and private sector representatives were also among the high number of participants at the event.
Speaking during the launching event, President Solih appealed to everyone to contribute to this national campaign and take on their personal responsibility of keeping the Maldives clean.
He pointed out that household waste mostly consists of single-use plastic than organic waste, and urged everyone to strive to eliminate single-use plastic from their daily lives.
The President further noted that the shortcut to waste management is actually minimizing it, and encouraged everyone to adopt a minimal-waste lifestyle.
He also stated that the administration’s aim is to introduce an environment friendly method of waste disposal.
Highlighting his “First 100 Days’ Goals” President Solih said that the decision to initiate a nationwide cleaning campaign within his first 100 days in office, was made as a result of the administration’s belief that the Maldives can reap the true benefits of our pristine islands only by maintaining our clean environment.
Noting that the Maldives is famous for being a group of islands that upkeeps its environment and purity, President Solih also said that no level of advancement will erase the island-style of the Maldives. The President further said that the only way to maintain this unique characteristic is to prioritize keeping our beautiful surroundings clean.