In its determination to ensure a clean environment and improve on solid waste management, the present administration in the State says, it is committed to employing global best practices in waste management.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, TPL (Mrs.) Yetunde Dina, made this known during the presentation of the final Feasibility Study Report on the State Waste Management Project, sponsored by the Agence Francaise De Development (AFD).
Dina said the conduct of the study, which was to be funded by AFD, would require commitment from both parties, to ensure the project takes off on solid foundation, considering its importance to the State.
She said the amount of waste being generated in the State, as well as the challenges of their proper management were enormous, noting that such task requires collaboration and support of foreign partners to address.
While assuring that Government would study the report and take necessary actions, the Permanent Secretary declared that dump sites located within build-up settlements would be relocated to prevent epidemic.
According to her, new trends in waste management goes beyond carting and dumping of waste, as such can no longer be regarded as unwanted materials, rather, raw materials and sources of wealth.
While speaking, the Project Manager, Miss. Karine Escande, said the Project would increase waste collection rate, improve the solid waste management to international standard and conversion of waste to energy.
She enumerated benefits that would accrued to include, improved environmental and social standard of existing recycling industries, development and implementation of State policy for the use of organic fertilizers and setting up tools for implementation and enforcement of State environment bye-laws, amongst others.