In a bid to prevent, recycle and properly manage solid waste, towards protecting human health and the environment, the Akwa Ibom State government met with the federal government of Nigeria to resuscitate the solid Waste Management Facility in the state.
Speaking shortly after the meeting between the state government, FG and the investor earlier this week in Abuja, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Environment, Sir Charles Udoh, opined that the meeting was of great significance owing to the fact that the governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel is doing everything possible to create massive job employment for the teeming Akwa Ibom people, stating that the project will not only protect the environment and human health, but will go a long way in creating employment opportunities for the people, so a need to meet in a bid to facilitate the resuscitation of the project.
According to the Environment Helmsman, the Implementation of an Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility in the capital city of Akwa Ibom, alongside six other cities was approved by the Federal Government in 2006, but unfortunately, the project was executed in all other selected cities, except Uyo.
Having provided a 59,632 hectares of land in Ekit Itam by the government of Akwa Ibom, FG in 2007 awarded the project to an investor, Domville Investment Limited. The Solid Waste Management facility was constructed, and the Federal Government released a total sum of two hundred and fifty million naira (N250m) as its takeoff grant, but the facility has not been put to use till date.
Sir Udoh who emphasised on the effects of waste generation, said that it increases with an expansion of population and economic development, and improperly managing it would pose great risk to human health and the environment. He cited some of these effects to be water contamination, flooding due to blocked drainage canals or gullies, and also increase in greenhouse gas which causes climate change.
He maintained that the only effective way of curbing the negative effects of waste generation is to reduce the total amount of waste produced, while also ensuring that waste is managed properly. He said that the Integrated Waste Management Facility is the only way, and that the state government in partnership with the Federal Government and investor, is taking bold steps in achieving this goal.
Also in attendance at the meeting were, the Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, Director of Potion Control And Environmental Health, Federal Ministry Of Environment, Mr. Charles Kanu Ikeah, Permanent Secretary, Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Environment, delegation from the Company, and Staff of the Federal Ministry of Environment