Minister of Environment, Mrs. Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafia
To ensure a cleaner environment in the state, Federal Government yesterday commissioned a demonstration waste control project in Rivers State.
The plant, which is an initiative of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), is also expected to open instant employment opportunities for indigenes of Rivers State.
Speaking during the commissioning, the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafia, who was represented by the Director-General/CEO NESREA, Mrs. Ngeri Benebo, noted that waste management remains one of the most exceptional environmental challenges facing Nigeria today.
According to her, the practice of moving wastes indiscriminately from point of generation to roadsides, drains, empty plots and illegal dumpsite has become environmentally unsustainable and unhealthy.’
The minister said: “In our bid to reduce the menace of disease outbreaks, drainages blocked with refuse leading to perennial flooding, there is need to carry out a Demonstration Waste Control Pilot Projects across the States of the Federation.
She further said: “The main objectives of the project are to showcase the possibility of achieving a zero waste concept through the segregation of wastes at source and converting such wastes into wealth, create employment, alleviate poverty and promote good agricultural yields through the use of bio-fertilizer.”
Mailafia however, maintained that “ The Federal Government commitment had being demonstrated by establishing as well as the completion of a plant in Ekiti State on the 11th of June, 2012 and the Federal Government had felt it is necessary to commission another one in Rivers State, which is a prelude to the establishing of others across the states of the federation.”
She commended Rivers State Government for their continuous and unflinching support toward realising the noble objectives of sustaining the values of the nation’s environment.
Also speaking, Executive Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who was also represented by his Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. George Tolofari, said the establishment of the plant would greatly improve sanitation in Rivers State, adding that the Project was coming at a time the state government had singled out riding off the state of filth as priority area.
The governor thanked the Federal Government and the Ministry of Environment for deeming
it necessary to cite the project in Rivers State.
He also commended NESREA for actualizing this` waste to wealth’ project, and ultimately creating employment for Rivers State teaming youths, assuring that the project would be properly maintained.
However, four communities identified for the pilot project are Amadi Flats, Elekhia Housing Estate, Rumuibkwe Housing Estate and Mgbuesilaru/Rumuodara Area. They have since been provided with colour coded bins to enhance segregation of waste at source.