Experts Urge FG To Convert Waste To Wealth And Job Creation

Waste, EnvironmentEnvironment experts have urged the Federal Government to convert Nigeria’s industrial, municipal and domestic waste to wealth for the country and jobs for the citizens.

The experts, who are specialised in waste and asset management say Nigeria has thousands of tonnes of waste from its large population which can be recycled or converted to energy for power generation.

Speaking at the forum on Wednesday on Assets and Waste Management in Abuja, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Shercliff, noted that at least 90,000 Britons earn a living managing waste.

He asked Nigeria to tap into this opportunity which environmentalists said was a great option in economy diversification.

The experts, however, noted that before Nigeria’s waste can be converted to wealth, public enlightenment is necessary before legislation and enforcement will follow.

They also expressed the need for the government to buy into the programme for it to be possible.

In their remarks, the Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Bolaji Oyeleye, and a consultant, Chidi Umeano, also proposed waste management as a good source of income for Nigeria, considering the increasing population.

Channels Television’s Omelogo Nnadi, reports that Nigeria’s population has been estimated to hit 250 million by 2050, adding that this increase in population also means a huge increase in waste generated, both domestic and industrial.

Onu Advocates Local Technology For Digital Broadcast Switchover

Ogbonnaya OnuThe Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has advocated the production of local technology for the digital switch over in Nigeria’s broadcast industry.

Speaking at a meeting with the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Shercliff, the Minister expressed hope that the switch over would help Nigeria’s technology capacity.

The British Deputy High Commissioner was at the meeting with Inview Technology, the UK-based firm appointed by the National Broadcasting Commission to enable digital switch-over from analogue.

The Minister advocated a local technology to aid the switch over process and explained that such a capacity would generate employment and help build Nigeria’s technology capacity.

He also announced that the Federal Government was planning to launch the nation’s first Science and Technology Museum to boost youth interest in the sector

The UK-based firm, on its part, promised to deliver in the next couple of weeks.

Waste To Money: Experts Call For More Attention On Recycling

waste-disposalAssets management experts have advised the Nigerian government to enact laws for the enforcement of maintenance culture, with special attention on the recycling of waste products which pollute the nation’s environment.

The experts told reporters on Sunday that aside from maintaining existing infrastructure, Nigeria’s waste are assets waiting to the tapped, especially now that the economy is in need of a boost, with dwindling oil prices.

They pointed out that while waste management was particularly challenging for developing countries, Nigeria must begin to rethink waste as a resource and create awareness for Nigerians to key into the project.

In 1984, a military decree by President Muhammadu Buhari, then head of state, and his Deputy, Tunde Idiagbhon, instituted the War Against Indiscipline and Corruption.

One of the major enforcements of that programme which had a key target to instil social order and civic responsibilities in Nigerians was the control of litter and waste collection.

Thirty-one years after, experts in Assets and Waste Management, led by a consultant, Chidi Umeano, at a gathering organised to seek solution to Nigeria’s waste management challenges, stressed the need for Nigeria to turn waste into a resource that would yield great economic revenue.

British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Schercliff, told the gathering that managing waste was a very critical problem globally but one which every country must invest in to truly develop.

Another expert in resource management, Mr Waleed Montasser, also stressed that Nigeria did not need new policies. “All the nation needs is only enlightenment, legislation and enforcement,” he said.

The experts want Nigerians to rethink waste as a resource and instead of throwing it away, recycle it and reuse to save money and create more resources for the future.

This they said must go hand in hand with the culture of maintenance of existing assets, as good infrastructure they pointed out attracts good investment which Nigeria really needs now.

Nations Asked To End Sexual Violence In Conflict

child brideWorld nations have been asked to take decisive action to end sexual violence during armed conflict.

The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Shercliff, during an event to show support for an international campaign to end sexual violence in conflict, said countries and governments must act to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Agreeing with the envoy, a member of Nigeria’s House of Representative, Honourable Betty Apiafi, said the House would work to come up with the necessary legislation to tackle the problem in Nigeria.

There have been reports of sexual violence against women in Nigeria’s north-east where members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram have carried out series of attacks.

In an attack on a village, Chibok, in Borno State, in April 2014, over 200 girls were abducted from their school dormitory by the group, a situation that triggered international campaign and protests, with a ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ demand.

The Nigerian government told the parents of the abducted girls few months ago that the location of the girls had been identified, promising that they would be rescued.

Amaechi Seeks Relocation Of British Visa Office To Port Harcourt

Rivers state Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has appealed to the British High Commission in Nigeria to relocate its visa office back to Port Harcourt.

He made the appeal when the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Peter Carter, paid him a visit in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor said that Rivers people will be glad if that policy happens, so that people in the South-South region can be able to process their visa application in Port Harcourt.

He added that a lot of people fly directly to the UK through Port Harcourt hence the need to have the visa office in the oil rich city.

Mr Amaechi assured the Deputy High Commissioner of adequate security in the state, saying that the state government was ready to provide an office to house the new visa operations.

He added that the presence of such office will spark fresh business opportunities and boost relations between United Kingdom and Nigeria

The British High Commissioner, Peter Carter who told Mr Amaechi that the visit to Rivers state was his first official visit outside Lagos since he resumed duties, thanked the Governor for his style of governance.

He revealed the British government’s support to his administration to ensure transparency. He also gave the assurance of United Kingdom’s desire for the quick passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, which he said, will lead to open and transparent oil and gas sector and long term investment benefits to Nigeria.