2 August 2012

Nigeria: PLSG Acquires 100 Heactares for Dump Site

The Plateau Government on Thursday announced that it had acquired 100 hectares of land for use as waste dump sites.

"The land is on Zaria Road; we believe Jos city and environs will be rid of waste immediately it comes to use," Gov. Jonah Jang, said.

Jang, spoke at a seminar organised by Polymer Institute of Nigeria on waste disposal with the theme "Managing Polymeric Waste Materials for Sustainable Economic Development."

Represented by Comfort Piyona, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Jang emphasised the need for proper waste management, especially in view of danger inherent in waste materials.

"Waste problems are visible and well felt problems that no right thinking government around the world will toy with; Plateau cannot be an exception.

"The acquisition of the land is to ensure a clean environment within the Jos-Bukuru metropolis."

He said that the seminar was timely because "waste is competing with humanity, making its management a constant problem even in the international arena".

The governor said that a government delegation had been sent to Lagos to liaise with an administration which had set the pace in waste management.

Jang called for collaborative efforts between the State Government and the institute, noting that such synergy was crucial to proffering best methods and ways of managing waste in Plateau and the Nigerian society.

Earlier, Prof. Hayward Mafuyai, the Vice Chancellor of University of Jos, had cautioned the public on the danger of chemicals and anti-oxidants contained in plastic materials.

Mafuyai said that the waste formed about 65 per cent of global waste.

"Plastics contain lot of chemicals and anti-oxidants, which if not handled properly will harm people.

"We should not forget the fact that every good thing has its side effects; even the air and water we breadth and drink have their negative effects," he said.

Mr Maurice Dalen, the National Secretary General, Polymer Institute of Nigeria, in his remarks, said that waste could be turned into wealth if properly harnessed.

"Polymer waste materials are being used in the developed world for the construction of roads, which could last for more than 10 years.

"The wastes are problem to Nigeria because we still do not how to tap the potential they hold," Dalen, who is also the Chairman, Jos District, added.

He advised Nigerian leaders to come to terms with global trends and look out for ways to put waste into economic development for the corporate benefits of the citizenry.

According to him, the seminar is a step toward sensitising the public for maximum cooperation and support to stakeholders on effective waste management. NAN

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