Nigeria to generate electricity from solid waste

19 October 2016

Malam Ahmed Salihu, Director of Environment, Kaduna State Ministry for Environment, says plans to generate electricity from solid waste have progressed and the plan will transform waste into huge employment opportunities.

The Federal Government has shown interest in partnering with the two States to make the power generating project a reality.

The Kaduna recycling plant, along Kaduna-Abuja Highway, has attained 80% completion as the needed machinery had been installed.

The initiative is also expected to generate revenue for the state government as recycled products will be sold to residents at a cheaper price. Additionally, the plant is expected to create employment opportunity for at least 2,000 youths in Kaduna State.

Yusuf Rigasa, GM Kaduna State Environmental Protection Authority (KEPA), confirmed that 3000 tonnes of refuse were evacuated daily within the metropolis and the state government has approved construction of three new standard refuse dumping sites and ten transfer stations at the cost of US$2.1m.

Deputy Director, Pollution Control in the state Ministry of Environment, Malam Baba Ahmad, said the government MoU with an NGO is aimed to convert solid waste to electricity.

The state government, has no waste recycling plant or incinerator, but the NGO had installed one in Gabasawa area of the state. Meanwhile, the Kano State Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB) says it is evacuating over 4,000 tonnes of refuse daily.

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