By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
Towards complementing the efforts of state governments at facilitating clean environment and preventing environmental pollution from solid waste disposal in the country, the Federal Ministry of Environment has established community waste management facilities in 26 states of the federation.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mrs Ibukun Odusote disclosed this during the facility tour of the Community Solid Waste Management Plant, located at Auta Balaifi, Karu Nasarawa Local
Government Area, Nasarawa State. This was contained in a statement signed by Saghir El Mohammed Director (Press), which quoted the permanent secretary as saying that, “Nations across the globe are looking for ways to manage their solid waste so that it will not block waterways as majority of flooding are caused by drainage blockage due to indiscriminate solid waste disposal.”
She noted that, “In Nigeria, critical mass of solid waste is being generated, therefore this plant will recycle solid waste and bring out raw materials that can be used in plastic production, thereby keeping our environment clean and of commercial value to the host community and the State”
Odusote enjoined host communities and state governments to maximize the revenue generation and solid waste management potential of the plants upon handing over to them.
She disclosed that similar solid waste management plants an intervention programmes of the Federal Ministry of Environment to complement the efforts of State Governments in waste management are at various stages of completion in 26 states of the federation.