FG launches waste-to-wealth programme in Cross River

Ben Ayade

The Federal Government and Cross River State have launched the waste-to-wealth programme aimed at generating employment and manage waste in the state. Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, laid the foundation for the project at the weekend at Idundu Industrial Layout, Calabar, where the dumpsite is domiciled.

The programme, according to the minister, would enable Nigerians convert waste to valuable goods and services that will help “create wealth, employment, reduce poverty, defeat hunger and help stimulate national consciousness to the power of science and technology as an important instrument for national rebirth.”

Cross River State Governor Benedict Ayade, who was represented by his deputy, Professor Ivara Esu, expressed excitement that the project was brought to Calabar as a pilot state in the waste-to-wealth programme.

Ayade noted that the project would help in the production of biogas, organic waste and feeds for aquatic culture in Calabar.He appealed to the Federal Government to increase the funding for the project so as to have a proper implementation.

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    This is a good start, because there is a lot of wealth to be generated from waste. we can use waste generate electricity, use organic waste for manure and then recycle the those that can be recycle. We need to start investing in better waste management and reducing the amount of waste generated.

  • EIS Recyclers

    We welcome such initiatives, but I am surprised that the state is welcoming this project with an open arms, whereas an NGO that stated such initiative tagged Waste for Education (W4E) project for over 10 months now, have written several letters to see collaborate with the state government all to no avail.
    How will a state grow when the same state is not encouraging local and indigenous entrepreneurship among its citizenry.
    The W4E project piloted by EIS Recyclers in partnership with GREENCODE, ECF, PPA and Zero Minute has
    been collecting household recyclable waste from voluntary donors and giving them reward in return and this effort has contributed in keeping Calabar Clean and is creating employment to some youths.
    If the state or any interested person can contact EIS Recyclers on +2348098599821or email them on (eisnigeria15@gmail.com)