Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Thursday urged government at all levels to put in place mechanism for waste management to create jobs and to check outbreak of diseases.
Amosun gave the advice in Abuja at a two-day summit on asset and waste management tagged: “Resource Efficiency: Asset to Waste, Waste to Wealth, a Sustainable Future.”
Represented by the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye, the governor said robust waste management could address unemployment in the country.
He stressed the urgent need for policymakers to come up with ways to regenerate waste into finished products.
“If Nigeria will realise her ambition of being a global player in investment and make giant strides in attracting multinational industries, we need to tackle the issues of waste management with utmost seriousness.
“The best principle that is being advocated is the 3Rs, Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.
“Reduce, finding ways of minimising the amount of waste generated, re-use means repeated use of items which still have usable aspects, while recycle means the use of waste itself as a resource.
“The obvious advantage of this is the economic consideration of turning waste to wealth and tackling the twin evil of environmental pollution and its effects on the climate,” he said.
Amosun said Ogun had already taken the lead in converting waste to wealth.
According to him, the state is hosting the largest numbers of recycling facilities in the country in terms of plastic, metal and paper recycling.
The governor said the state encouraged private individuals and investors to partner it in the areas of waste disposal and management.
Amosun also said efforts were being intensified to establish a waste-to-energy-plant that could meet the state’s power requirement.
He said the initiative would reduce final waste disposed at dump sites to 20 percent of total waste generated in the state.
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Source:: PM Newspaper