From: Kazeem Biriowo, Abuja
In an effort to promote waste management, create wealth and job opportunities, the Federal Capital Teritory Administration (FCTA) has put in place sewage treatment plant worth N1.8 billion to recycle organic waste.
Minister of FCT Alhaji Musa Bello disclosed this in Abuja during his opening speech at the 2nd Abuja Waste Summit organised by Sustainable Africa Waste Initiative (SAWI) in partnership with Federal Ministry of Environment.
His words: “We are currently carrying out operational maintance in the cities
Sewage treatment plants at Wupa at cost of 1.8billion naira this is with a view to transforming the plant into mordern state of heart facilty.
“The treatment plant has achieved over 90% water clarity which is meant for irrigation, garden and industrial uses….”
The Minister, who was represented by the Cordinator Of Satelite Town Development Department, Hon. Ishaku Yawawo said the increasing impact of the city expansion means that Abuja generates huge volume of waste ranging from solid, liquid as well as medical and construction waste hence, presents serious opportunities if approached with sense of innovation and idea of circular economy.
He described theme of the summit “Waste Management: Advancing Towards A Circular Economy,” as indeed consistent with policy of the present FCT administration.
“We have put in place measure of encouragement where our waste is recycled. The system provides opportunity for wealth creation and economic empowerment.”
In his part, the Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril said the summit is aimed at educating citizens on sustainable waste management.
He noted that it revealed the exisisting waste management policies and making appropriate inclusion or exclusion and providing platform for wealth creation through waste management.
Jibril who was represented by Deputy Director of Pollution Control and Environmental Health, Mr Oladipo further reiterated that the ministry is about to initiate a new policy in waste management sector and has formulated some new regulatory framework aimed at resource recovery, effective managment and waste prevention.
He described these as veritable fact of circular economy in waste management.
“This regulatory framework includes a national policy on solid waste management, the national plastic waste management policy which is still in draft form and the extending producer resposiblity operational guidelines etc. He added.
In his remarks, Executive Director, Sustainable Africa Waste Initiatve (SAWI) Mr. Abidemi Sanusi said the Abuja Waste Summit was first organized in 2017 and as a result of the impact it made, it was scaled up to become a yearly event.
“This year’s theme was chosen to educate citizens on sustainable waste management and the importance of closing the loop as Nigeria advances towards a circular economy and to create a platform for wealth creation through waste.”
Sanusi, who was represented by the Operations Manager, Ms Adesuwa Obasuyi. “Through this summit, participants have been able to engage the government on regulations and policies for sustainable waste management”.
“The EU, and some other countries already have legislative frameworks which focus on the circular economy and Nigeria should take a leaf from them to ensure sustainability,” he added.