29 November 2012

Nigeria: Environment Ministry Urged to Turn Waste to Wealth

Photo: This Day
South African composer and trumpeter Hugh Masekela

Calabar — Head of Service in Cross River State, Mrs Mary-Theresa Ikwen, has charged the state Ministry of Environment to adopt strategies that would assist it turn waste collected by its agencies into wealth.

She said at an interactive session with the management staff of the ministry in Calabar that the forthcoming Calabar carnival festival has the potential of generating massive waste in the metropolis hence the need for the ministry to come out with ways of turning the waste into wealth.

Ikwen commended the ministry for the aesthetic and face-lift of the state capital, Calabar, and some urban towns in the state and urged it to sustain the feat as the state was already noted as the cleanest in the federation; a development she noted is due to the effort of the street cleaners.

Permanent Secretary in the ministry Elder Edward Gekpe expressed delight for the interactive session which he noted was a welcome development.

He said that the desire of the ministry to ensure that environmental practice was in tandem with world class standard is on course despite challenges the ministry is facing. The permanent secretary stated that approval for implementation of waste management was given in 2009, adding that as a way of saving cost on government, waste evacuation in the state would in February 2013 be handled exclusively by private enterprise. Elder Gekpe assured that necessary steps have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free refuse evacuation during and after the Calabar carnival festival.

Copyright © 2012 Daily Trust. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.