FCT Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu has revealed that the FCT administration spends around N8 billion per year on waste management in the Federal Capital (FCC) and satellite towns.
The minister made the disclosure in a statement issued by her special media assistant, Austine Elemue, on Sunday in Abuja.
The statements said the minister spoke at the inaugural Annual General Meeting and induction of the Waste Management Association of Nigeria (WAMASON), the FCT Council, in Abuja.
The minister said the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) spent an average of N6 billion, while the satellite towns development department (STDD) spent N2 billion on the management of waste every year.
Aliyu said it brought in the total sum of N8 billion to pay more than 64 cleaning contractors engaged in waste management in the national capital.
She called on communities to adopt sustainable waste management practices, “which include source sorting, composting of organic waste for horticultural/agricultural purposes, among others”.
Speaking on the theme: “Waste management in a circular economy, financing the engagement and implementation of stakeholders”, Aliyu also called for the transition to the circular economy for growth and development. sustainable in Nigeria.
She said that in a circular economy virtually nothing is thrown away, stressing that products and materials are kept in circulation.
“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 links with a range of other global challenges such as health, food and resource security, sustainable consumption and production, climate change and poverty reduction,” Aliyu said in the statement.
She said that the administration of the FCT has worked diligently to ensure that new opportunities for sustainable growth are provided through increased budgetary provisions on services related to waste management.
“Currently, we have a total of 64 waste management contractors in the FCC and satellite cities.
“This has provided employment opportunities and improved environmental sanitation through resource recovery, sorting and collection of recyclables for informal waste pickers.
“In addition to providing a platform for the generation of empirical data for proper planning and projection of the amount of waste in the CTF,” she said.
Aliyu, therefore, called for synergy and understanding between the government and the private sector to ensure efficient and cost-effective waste management.
She pledged the FCT administration’s commitment to providing the necessary legal framework that ensures return on investment for efficient service delivery.
The statement also quotes the advisor of the Waste Management Association of Nigeria, Ms. Kitan Oluwagbuyi, as saying that the workshop was organized in collaboration between the association and higher education institutions across the country.
She said the collaboration was also aimed at organizing mentoring and providing opportunities in waste management and sustainability.
The association, she said, had set up recycling centres in 20 FCT schools by 2020.
“In addition, five collection centres were created in collaboration with a recycler-chanjadatti member under a fund supported by UNDP,” she added.