The Chancellor of the Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON), Sir Benson Abu has called for a legislative framework to end the indiscriminate dumping of plastic wastes in the country.
Abu said this in a lecture at the 2018 seminar of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Rivers/Bayelsa chapter in Port Harcourt.
The seminar had as its theme: “Recycling of Plastic Waste for Wealth Creation and Sustainable Environment.”
Abu, who also called for the inclusion of Waste Management into the curriculum of educational institutions in the country said that the recycling of wastes owes a brighter prospects for the future of the Nigerian economy.
He pointed out that because of the global nature of waste management business, the government should work out modalities for the involvement of Nigerian youths.
Also speaking, Mr. Keluo Chukwuogo described the indiscriminate dumping of plastic wastes into the environment as a time bomb waiting to explode, adding that both plastic and other wastes not only pollute the environment but also underground water.
He also said that plastic waste poisons the ecosystem, stressing that efforts must be made to put inplace processes that will lead to the recycling of plastic wastes in the country.
In another development, an environmentalist, Sir Benson Abu has said that it takes over 400 years for plastic waste to decompose, warning against excess dependence on plastics.
Abu, Chancellor, Rivers Chapter, Waste Management Society of Nigeria made the assertion in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt to mark World Environment Day 2018.
Abu said there was need for a quick shift or reduced use of plastics and urged government at all levels to adopt recycling strategy.
He said that plastic waste management had become a global problem that called for action which, according to him, formed this year’s World Environment Day theme: “Beating Plastic Pollution”.
“Almost everything around us is packaged in plastics, the eatery, laundry, beverage, electronics, drinks and others are all packaged in plastics whose end products are waste either buried in the soil or littered on water bodies.
“These plastic wastes because they are non-biodegradable occupy our water bodies destroying aquatic animals, plants and humans.
“If use of plastics is not greatly reduced, plastic waste will eventually constitute a problem to humans in the future since it takes over 400 years for it to complete decomposition process.
“That means a whole lot of chemical and space problem to plants and animals,” he said.
Abu urged the government to ensure policies that would regulate waste management to encourage sorting from primary dump sites and enhance easy assemblage of plastic waste for onward conveyance to specified dump sites.
He appealed to town planners to set aside special dump sites for plastic waste to enable waste collectors assemble only plastic wastes on such sites.
The environment expert also enjoined government to partner with the private sector to invest in waste recycling as this, according to him, is a capital intensive venture.
He said that revenue, employment generation and a robust environment preservation strategy were some of the key benefits in wastes recycling enterprise.
Meanwhile, some residents in parts of Port Harcourt have condemned incessant burning of tyres near river banks
Some residents of Elechi Beach, Diobu area of Port Harcourt urged the government to monitor waste management processes by companies and vulcanisers in the state.
Mr Ema Jude, a civil servant and resident of Mile 2 area, said residents were being subjected to unhealthy gas emissions from burning of tyres.
“The government should ensure an end to this poisonous gas emissions from burning of tyres and other non-biodegradable and chemical waste by companies in this area.”
“This poisonous emissions also depletes the ozone layer which is a major cause of global warming and climate change,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Rivers Government has in a statement to commemorate the 2018 World Environment Day, promised to pay more attention to the environment.
Geoscientists Make Case For Clean Energy
The Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS), has called on Nigeria and other African nations to focus on minerals that are critical to transition to clean and green energy.
Newly inducted President of the society, Alabo Charlesye David Charles said this in Port Harcourt shortly after his induction as the 31st President of the society.
Charles also stressed the need for further linkages between the mining sector and the economy through the development and implementation of the local content policies that promote domestic production of inputs as well as value addition through manufacturing skills building, domestic job creation and participation of small and medium enterprises within the value chain.
According to him, “value addition is pivotal to lifting a good percentage of our people from poverty through the activities of the extractive sector.
Charles said multinational mining companies should be encouraged to engage more closely with local small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as micro businesses as suppliers in the mines value chain.
He said the Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) is ready to partner the stakeholders in the development of the upstream sector of the industry by providing a specialized pool of professionals that policy makers in both the public and private sectors can rely on for quality interventions and delivery.
The NMGS 31st President also called for continuous massive investment in the mining sector
“In Nigeria, from statistics obtained from NAPIMS show already declining investment. So if there is no fresh capital for either brown field or Greenfield investment, we cannot grow production
“If we don’t grow production, the consequence is that we are building a short supply for tomorrow” he said.
Out-gone president of the society, Engr. Simon O. Nkom thanked members for the confidence reposed on the out-gone executive.
Nkom said the NMGS has come of age and calls on members to support the new executive to enable it execute more programmes for the society.
Earlier, Chairman of the occasion, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba said the ceremony will usher in a new era as far as the society is concerned.
Alabraba who was represented by Engr. Main David West said Geoscientists and civil engineers have a lot in common, adding that they must work together to develop the society.
Also speaking, Chairman local organizing committee of the ceremony, Prof. Winston Belgam said the ceremony was a big success.
He said the vision of the new president will transform the society and the mining industry in Nigeria.
By: John Bibor
A’Ibom Spends N10bn On Erosion Control – Commissioner
The Akwa Ibom State Government has spent N10 billion on erosion control projects in the state in the last nine months, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Charles Udoh has said.
Udoh told The Tide source in Eket that the money was spent on two major sites – Etim Umana erosion and St. Luke Hospital control projects.
“In the last nine months or so, we have spent close to N10 billion on erosion and the two major sites are Etim Umana Erosion and St. Luke Hospital erosion control projects,’’ he said.
The commissioner noted that businesses, houses and critical infrastructure had been displaced by erosion and flood in the areas.
According to him, more cities in Akwa Ibom are prone to gully erosion due of the natural topography and soil texture in those locations.
“This automatically means that whenever there is down pour, we are in the rain belt, gully erosion will become a problem,’’ he said.
He said building of houses on the right of way and farming on the slope of gully were some causes of gully erosion.
Udoh said the IBB Avenue flood control project, if not checked, could have a spill effect on erosion control.
“We are receiving a major drain to evacuate flood water because if you allow flood water to be there (IBB avenue) for a long time, it will begin to heat the crux of the earth surface.
“Then erosion will begin to prick in, especially in a place like Uyo that the soil texture is loose,’’ Udoh said.
The commissioner said the state government had rescued more than 100 houses, entire St. Luke and School of Nursing in Etim Umana from erosion.
On ecological issue, he noted that the state government alone could not solve the state’s erosion problem, adding that it was seeking for intervention (ecological funds) to do that.
World Desertification Day: FG Restates Commitment To Tackle Environmental Challenges
The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring lasting solution to environmental challenges by adopting a sustainable land management practices across the country.
Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, spoke at the commemoration of 2021 World Desertification and Drought Day, organised by his ministry in Abuja.
Abubakar said the government had developed policies, plans building institutional and legislative capacities to enhance effective and far-reaching actions to reduce the impacts of desertification and drought on the citizenry.
According to him, government recognises the importance of partnership in tackling desertification and it has facilitated the involvement of other actors, including the private sectors as well as donor organisations.
Abubakar said the government was concerned about the disruption of ecological system caused by poor land use, population pressure and the devastating activities of insurgents in the North-Eastern part of the country.
He said that the government was also worried about the dire consequences of land degradation, loss of lives and means of livelihood and had put in place the North-East Development Commission.
Abubakar added that the effort was to restore human dignity and bring succour to the people living in the area.
He urged Nigerians to cultivate the culture of planting trees as well as ensuring that any tree cut down was replaced, as this would serve as protection from windstorm and erosion.
Matazu said that the effort would help to protect fragile ecosystem and ensure sustainable environmental development of the country.
The theme of the 2021 World Desertification and Drought Day is: ‘Restoration, Land, Recovery’, ”We Build Better with Healthy Land’’.
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