The Dean, School of Allied Health and Environmental Science, Kwara State University, Dr.Henry O. Sawyerr has advocated proper execution and enforcement of government policies on waste management.
In a media chat with The AUTHORITY, Sawyer, who is also Director, Center for Ecological & Environmental Management, Research & Studies (CEERMS), said waste management has become a big business to be given adequate attention.
“There are numerous government policies but lacking proper execution and enforcement”
“The truth is our waste is truly a wealth. Take a cue from recent recycling of scrap metals. It is becoming a big business that never exist in 2000.Over the years, it has grown and trailer load of scrap metals are often seen moving North to South where the mills are located”
“Since 2000, the Federal Government has invested in establishment of Integrated Waste Management Facilities (IWMF) that if it had been properly executed, the country today would have had about 22 IWMF to-dates”
“This came about through comprehensive study done by the Federal Ministry of Environment and financing from the Ecological Trust Fund, Office in the Presidency. The joint PPP initiative never succeeds in most cities as projected. If these facilities have been established, today enforcement will have a point of directions for defaulters.”