cleaner’ andfresher’ environment. Goje said talks were already going on with the Federal Ministry of Environment for the revival of the plant to enable the recycling of refuse generated in the state. “A lot of waste is being generated in the state and currently, over 100,000 tonnes of solid waste monthly are generated from the state as indicated by statistics obtained last year,” she said.
Some state governments in the North – East have intensified effort at ensuring clean environment, creation of job opportunities and revenue generation, through proper management of waste. A survey by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Adamawa and Yobe, indicates that some of them have even established waste management plants for commercialisation of disposed waste materials. One of such states, Bauchi , has moved a step further to sign Memorandum of Understanding with a UK-based company, “Power Dot UK”, to generate 10 megawatts of electricity yearly, from waste materials. Dr Ibrahim Kabir, the Director General of the Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency told NAN in Bauchi town that the electricity would be generated from the abundant waste materials in the area. Kabir said the 10 megawatts energy incineration plant would process about 64,700 metric tonnes of waste annually to generate power, as well as provide jobs for 200 people. He explained that the power plant would use plastic waste as raw materials and supply electricity to all existing industries and factories in the state. Kabir said the company would commence work on the plant by March, to be completed and inaugurated within 12 months. The Director – General said the state government would, among other things, provide the needed waste and also ensure monopoly of the dump sites. With respect to refuse disposal, Kabir said the agency had established three refuse collection centres within Bauchi metropolis.
Hamid said that the agency had advised the state government to establish structures for recycling of generated wastes. Mr Augustus Nyelema, operator of a private waste disposal company in Yola, said that lack of proper coordination was affecting the business. Nyelema also said lack of designated waste disposal sites in the state was one of their major challenges. Meanwhile, Borno State Environmental Protection Agency said it employed about 1,750 Environmental Vanguards to ensure clean and safe environment. The Coordinator of the Agency, Alhaji Nasiru Surundi, told NAN that the vanguards were deployed in the state capital and its environs. Surundi explained that considering the importance of a healthy environment, government had purchased 40 refuse compactor trucks, 1,000 refuse receptacles and 3,000 garbage bins for collection and disposal of waste materials in Maiduguri. On recycling, he explained that the state government had begun recycling polythene waste into varieties of plastics at the Borno Plastic Industries Limited. Surundi said government had also adopted some pragmatic measures to curb indiscriminate dumping of refuse and other unwholesome habits that could ignite outbreak of diseases. “Currently, the state Ministry of Justice and the State Assembly are working towards reviewing the environmental laws because the old ones have outlived their usefulness. “In the past, you pay N300 for abusing the environment, an amount that is grossly meagre now,” he noted. (NAN) Vanguard News Nigeria The post States in the North–East establish waste management plants — Survey appeared first on Vanguard News.
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