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Nigeria approves solid waste management policy


Nigeria has proved solid Waste management policy

This policy is expected to boost employment opportunities and ensure a healthy environment in the country.

The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Muhammad Mahmood, made this known at the end of the Federal Executive Council’s (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

This is the eighth virtual meeting since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister said the policy would provide a framework for a comprehensive integrated solid waste management and involves the federal, state and local governments, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations as stakeholders.

“This is something that needs a coordinated effort which will mean healthier people and provide jobs.

“Waste is no longer waste but resources. We consider it a resource you can recycle, ultimately the garbage can be turned to other things, we have a recycling plant in Karu and the pallets produced can be used to make interlocks and many other things.

“That is why we need this comprehensive waste management plan which has been approved.

Achievements

In her contribution, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sa’adiya Umar-Farouk, said she outlined the achievements and challenges facing the ministry during the meeting.

She identified lack of funds and office accommodation as major challenges facing the ministry.