EnvironmentFederal Capital Territory Spent N8b On Waste Management

ABUJA — The Federal Capital Territory spent N8 billion annually on waste management in the Federal Capital City and the satellite towns.
The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, has said in a statement issued by her Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Austine Elemue, on Sunday in Abuja.
The Minister who spoke on the theme: “Waste management in a circular economy, financing stakeholders engagement and enforcement,”
at the maiden edition of the Annual General Meeting and Induction of Waste Management Association of Nigeria (WAMASON), FCT Council, in Abuja, called on communities to adopt sustainable waste management practices.
“The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) spent an average of N6 billion, while the Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD) expended N2 billion on waste management annually.”
“This brought the total sum of N8 billion to pay over 64 cleaning contractors, engaged in the management of waste in the nation’s capital,” she added.
She said the FCT Administration had been working assiduously in ensuring that new opportunities for sustainable growth were provided through increased budgetary provisions on waste management-related services.
Aliyu also called for the transition to circular economy for sustainable growth and development in Nigeria “which include sorting at source, composting of organic waste for horticultural/agricultural purposes amongst others.”
The Minister said that in a circular economy virtually nothing was discarded, stressing that products and materials were kept in circulation.
She was quoted as saying that “For as long as possible by designing them to be more durable, reusable, repairable and recyclable.
“It is clear that waste management is a cross-cutting environmental issue, impacting many aspects of our society and the economy.
“It has strong linkages to a range of other global challenges such as health, food and resource security, sustainable consumption and production, climate change and poverty reduction.”
She pledged the FCT administration’s commitment to providing the necessary legal framework that guaranteed return on investment for effective service delivery.
The statement also quoted the Councillor, Waste Management Association of Nigeria, Mrs. Kitan Oluwagbuyi, as saying that the workshop was organised in collaboration between the association and tertiary institutions across the country.
She said that the collaboration was also designed to organise mentorship and provide opportunities in waste management and sustainable development.
Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)
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