In the Federal Capital Territory,Waste management in the City and the satellite towns gulps the sum of 8 billion naira annually .
Minister of State For FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijani Aliyu made this known in Abuja.
According to the Minister, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) spends an average of N6 billion annually, while the Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD) is N2 billion annually bringing the total sum of N8 billion for the payment of over 64 cleaning contractors engaged in the management of waste in Abuja.
Speaking on the theme: “Waste Management in a Circular Economy: Financing, Stakeholders Engagement and Enforcement”, the Minister advocated transition to circular economy model, for sustainable growth and effective waste management in Nigeria.
Represented by the Director, Environmental Services, Satellite Towns Development Department ( STDD) Mr. Olusegun Olusa, the Minister noted that in circular economy, products and materials were kept in circulation for as long as possible by designing them to be durable, reusable, repairable and recyclable.
The Councillor, Waste Management Association of Nigeria, Mrs. Kitan Oluwagbuyi, in her presentation of 2016 to 2021 FCT Council Report, explained that inspite numerous challenges facing waste managers in the city, the association had collaborated with tertiary institutions across the country to organise workshop on opportunities in waste management and sustainable development.