By Vivian Emoni
The Minister for Environment, Dr Muhammad Abubakar, on Thursday, reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to an effective waste management system in the country.
Abubakar said this in a statement by Mr Saghir el-Mohammed, Director Press of the ministry, in Abuja.
The minister, at the 3rd International Waste Summit 2021, said that the commitment would promote waste management in the country.
The summit was organised by the Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON).
He noted that the Federal Government was seeking greater partnership with professional bodies such as WAMASON on useful ideas on effective waste management in the country.
Abubakar was represented by Prof. Philip Shewkolo, Officer Overseeing the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) Project Coordination Office.
He said that there were opportunities for young people in waste management, adding that youths can benefit through all the stages of waste management.
According to him, the youth can benefit from sorting, storage, transporting to treatment all of these are opportunities to generating income.
“In achieving an effective waste management system, the federal government will continue to develop policies to ensure that actions toward waste management are profitable,” he said.
Abubakar noted the summit would help identify areas of improvement in waste management while assuring that the government would create a conducive environment for operators.
He expressed optimism that the deliberations reached at the summit would further help the government in managing waste and promoting relevant policies and programmes for a healthier environment.
The two-day summit had as its theme: ‘Waste Management in an Emerging Economy: Challenges and Opportunities’.
Part of the highlights of the summit was the award given to the Minister as a distinguished Honorary Fellow of WAMASON. (NAN)