By Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Plateau State Commissioner for Environment, Hon Abdullahi Abbas, has said that, the transformation of N3.5 trillion of waste management into money-spinning business remains cardinal to the development of Plateau State.
The commissioner said there was the need for traditional rulers and private companies to create synergy towards managing waste between Jos and Bukuru metropolitan areas.
Disclosing this during the Waste Products Management, Commercialization and Privatization of the Waste exercise, which held in Jos on Tuesday, Hon Abbas explained that the state government is to commercialize waste management by charging citizens to pay a token amount before evacuation from their communities.
He solicited for the cooperation of stakeholders on how to partner with the private sector in boosting waste product for efficient management.
Hon Abbas pointed out that, this would be extended to other local government areas of the state, and further solicited for the cooperation of stakeholders in revitalizing all the waste products.
He noted that the need for this drive is so, because most developed and developing nations give priority on how to commercialize waste management for optimal productivity.
He also observed that some of the neighboring states have copied the use of private waste management, as the present government has shown much interest in management of refuge dumps.
He further emphasized on public and environmental health to secure the lifespan of its citizenry.
Also, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Steven Gordon, explained that government intends to commercialize waste management to the private sector across the 17 LGAs of the state.
He said the government will use stakeholders in promoting generality of the people of the state government.