ANAMBRA SIGNS $1.1M WASTE RECYCLING CONTRACT
By John Ndu
Amawbia (Awka South LGA), May 16, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Government has signed $1.1 million contract on waste recycling with Redivivus Industries Ltd.
The contract was for the establishment of plastic recycling plant and management of other waste materials in Anambra State.
The project with an investment portfolio of about a million dollars would make use of existing UNDP site at Ogbunike, Oyi Local Government Area.
During the ceremony at Governor's Lodge, Amawbia, Gov. Willie Obiano said that the partnership would help in clearing waste materials that litter the streets and drainages in the state, especially after rainfall.
Gov. Obiano praised the engagement of waste scavengers by the firm to generate plastics and other materials that could be recycled.
He, however, urged the State Ministry of Environment to organise the sector properly by introducing a Pilot Scheme that would help households and offices to separate their wastes efficiently for easy recycling.
The governor stressed that the scheme if properly supervised would rid the state of waste materials in the next two years.
The Managing Director, Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), Mr Jide Ikeakor explained that the project would promote a beautiful waste that would generate wealth in the economy.
He noted that the agreement would create not less than 50 direct jobs and improve the state's IGR by making waste management profitable.
The Managing Director of the firm, Mr Emeka Ajekwu said that it would bring innovation into the management of wastes through the recycling of plastic waste and other materials.
Mr Ajekwu pointed out that the firm had established a network of waste scavengers that supply at the moribund UNDP structure in Ogbunike to help in sustainable environmental management.
``In mid-2018, Redivivus Industries moved to the moribund structure established by the UNDP and Anambra State Government in Ogbunike on a pilot basis.
``I am proud to say that we have since brought the location to life, employed no fewer than 44 permanent staff and an additional 16 contract staff. In 2018, we recycled 320,000 KG of plastic wastes," Ajekwu added.
State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Mike Okonkwo said the move would help in
solving the menace of plastic wastes in Anambra as well as bringing social and
economic benefits to the citizens. (MOI)