Malam Abdullahi Hussaini, a youth from Kaduna State has called on Nigerians to adopt the use of vermiculture bio-technology in the management of domestic waste.
Vermiculture is a simple bio-technological process of composting, in which certain species of earthworms are used to enhance the process of waste conversion to produce a better end product.
Hassaini, made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Kano at the two-day Youth Climate Innovation hub for youths in the North West.
According to him, vermiculture is a process of decomposing waste, mostly biodegradable such as vegetable, wastes from farm, and papers among others.
“The idea is to use earthworms to decompose the wastes. It is very easy to implement, you can farm earthworm, it is highly environmentally friendly and it is organic.’’
Hassaini told that he came to the event to showcase the innovative and green idea in order to address the challenge of improper waste management contributing to the effect of Climate Change in the country.
“The idea is to sensitise people on the use of this technology; people can just get a wooden box or container, get some earthworms and put in the container.
“Whatever waste is out in the container will be eaten by worms as it decomposes, it can also be used for fertiliser,’’ he said.
Similarly, a youth from Sokoto State, Goodness Ahienanya said plastic wastes could be used for household furniture and construction of plastics road.
“I pick plastic wastes and make furniture like tables and chairs from it, I also have a project called Plastic Pave Block.
“What the project is about is that I pick nylon bags and pet bottles, after recycling them, I use them to fill pot holes on the roads.
“It is in the process that I discovered that it is possible for Nigeria to have plastics roads, it is cost effective and environmentally friendly. It makes our roads durable,’’ she said.
According to her, the Plastic Pave block is a melting process, when plastic is mixed with construction materials, it becomes durable.
El-sunis Yasha’u, a youth from Kastina proposed a smart application with the artificial intelligence to address some environmental challenges associated with climate change.
“The application is capable of understanding weather anomaly to identify and forecast possible dangers of climate change.
“It will create awareness of climate change, integrated with bioinformatics systems to foster proper and viable afforestation and Great Green Wall programme,
“It will also provide utility and communication system for recycling activities and waste management,’’ he said.
Also, Muhammed Muhammed from Jigawa proposed adoption of proactive measures to encourage the development of alternative energy sources to reduce dependence on firewood as a source of fuel for the mitigation of climate change.
He said affordable Biomass Energy Efficient Cook stoves for the poor people who could not afford using Biogas or Solar energy could also be implemented.
“It will be good to resuscitate the culture of tree planting.
“Conservation of habitat does not always mean that people are not allowed to live, work and make use of specific environment.
“It aims at making sure that people do not over-exploit the environment so that the environment can keep on self-renewal and regenerating for present and future use,’’ he said.
reports that the hub was organised by the Federal Ministry of Environment in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and coordinated by three Non- Governmental Organisations in the six geo-political zones concurrently.
The NGOs are the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI), Talentplus Initiative and Health of Mother Earth Foundation
The purpose of the meeting was to establish Youth Regional Climate Change Innovation Hub that would serve as a platform for continuous interface for the young people.
The organisers harvested and collate Innovations and Ideas from about 70 participants in the zone, while the three best ideas would be presented alongside other ideas from the other five geopolitical zones for a Youth National Climate Innovation hub.
The best overall idea would be showcased at the UN Climate Action Summit in September, 2019.
Edited by Ese E. Ekama
C/River Waste Management Agency rejects NPA’s donation of Waste Bins
The Management of Cross River Waste Management Agency (CRWMA) says it has rejected the four skip bins donated by the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) to ease waste collection.
Its General Manager, Mr Sunday Oko, said the agency rejected the donation of the four skip bins presented to it by NPA, Cross River office, being part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
According to him, the paltriness of the donation from NPA, which is a Federal parastatal agency, in a period of a global health crisis, was unfair to Cross River people.
“Corporate organisations executing their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) should do it intentionally to create a change, rather than seeking media attention or other selfish agenda.
”I thank all those who have supported the state government in the fight against the deadly Coronavirus, saying, it has seen Cross River to remain COVID-19 free.
“I charge business owners and good spirited individuals to continue supporting the Gov. Ben Ayade-led administration in its approach to ensure that the state remains safe and habitable for all,” he said.
Oko added that the Government of Cross River was ready to partner with well-meaning bodies on course that would boost development in the state.
Earlier, presenting the bins to the agency, the Calabar, Port manager, Mrs Marie Asien, said the bins would provide succour to some residents.
Asien, represented by the Chief Internal Auditor, Mrs Inyang Akon, said that people of Esukatan and Ekorinim Communities, both in Calabar Municipal, would have access to the bins closer to them.
Responding to the rejection of the bins, she said that the donation was part of the port’s goodwill to contribute to the immediate communities.
She said that the bins were meant to alleviate the sufferings of people of the two communities in disposing off their wastes.
The port manager said that people do not need to walk considerable distance to dispose their waste.
Asien commended the state government’s unwavering commitment, which she said, had culminated in the clean and green status of the state.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
COVID-19: Waste Management Board tasks residents on payment of bills
The General Manager of the Board Mr Charles Imariagbe, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Benin.
Imariagbe said that waste managers would not continue to evacuate waste from households who failed to pay their waste bills.
“The waste managers are private operators that are licenced by the Waste Management Board to carry waste from people’s houses in the state.
“The challenge they are facing now is that many people are not paying. It is not the board that pays the managers but the households.
“Many people are not paying during this COVID-19 pandemic. They have a misconception that they ought not to pay during this period and this is not true,” he said.
He said that the board had been sensitising the people on the need to pay for waste management to allow for proper waste disposal.
“Waste management is a private business where the operators spend their own money to render services which have to be paid for.
“The challenge they are facing is that they do not have sufficient funds to carry out their operations for many people who are not paying their waste bills,” he said.
Imariagbe said the board was being forced to evacuate waste from households who were not paying at the moment noting that enforcement would be carried out on the defaulters as soon as the lockdown was over.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
Waste collection still on despite FCT lock-down, AEPB says
The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), says the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), lockdown has not stopped the board from carrying out its mandate of waste collection and disposal.
Ms Kate Ogbonna, Head, Environment, Health and Safeguarded Department, AEPB, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , on Monday in Abuja.
Ogbonna said that AEPB contractors saddled with the responsibility of waste collection have been moving round all the areas under their purview to collect waste since the lock-down.
“The lock-down did not affect our duties, we are essential workers. Our contractors have been moving round to collect refuse to curb disposal of wastes in canals or waterways by residents,” she said.
Ogbonna said that AEPB had continued to sensitise residents in Kuchigoro and other villages in FCT on hand washing, use of sanitiser and social distancing to curtail it spread.
Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
Waste management an essential public service in the fight to beat COVID-19
With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continuing to spread and its impacts upon human health and the economy intensifying day-by-day, governments are urged to treat waste management, including of medical, household and other hazardous waste, as an urgent and essential public service in order to minimise possible secondary impacts upon health and the environment.
During such an outbreak, many types of additional medical and hazardous waste are generated, including infected masks, gloves and other protective equipment, together with a higher volume of non-infected items of the same nature. Unsound management of this waste could cause unforeseen “knock-on” effects on human health and the environment. The safe handling, and final disposal of this waste is therefore a vital element in an effective emergency response.
Effective management of biomedical and health-care waste requires appropriate identification, collection, separation, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal, as well as important associated aspects including disinfection, personnel protection and training. The UN Basel Convention’s Technical Guidelines on the Environmentally Sound Management of Biomedical and Healthcare Wastes, includes information and practical aspects of waste management useful for authorities seeking to minimise hazards to human health and the environment.
Further resources on the safe handling and final disposal of medical wastes can be found on the website of the Basel Convention’s Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, in Beijing, which lists a series of guidance documents and best practices.
The safe management of household waste is also likely to be critical during the COVID-19 emergency. Medical waste such as contaminated masks, gloves, used or expired medicines, and other items can easily become mixed with domestic garbage, but should be treated as hazardous waste and disposed of separately. These should be separately stored from other household waste streams and collected by specialist municipality or waste management operators. Guidelines on the specificities of recycling or disposing of such waste is given in detail in the Basel Convention’s Factsheet on Healthcare or Medical Waste.
Parties to the Basel Convention are currently working on a guidance document for soundly managing household waste and whilst not yet finalized, an initial draft may be consulted for provisional guidance.
The BRS Executive Secretary, Rolph Payet, stated that “All branches of society are coming together to collectively beat the virus and to minimize the human and economic impact of COVID-19 across the world. In tackling this enormous and unprecedented challenge, I urge decision-makers at every level: international, nationally, and at municipal, city and district levels, to make every effort to ensure that waste management, including that from medical and household sources, is given the attention – indeed priority – it requires in order to ensure the minimization of impacts upon human health and the environment from these potentially hazardous waste streams.”