Youths in Oyo State have been urged to take up the opportunities that abound in waste recycling to escape from poverty caused by shortage of job opportunities and idleness.
The State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Kehinde Ayoola stated this during a visit to some waste recycling factories in Ibadan, the State capital.
Some of the places toured by the Commissioner included the waste recycling plants at Ring Road, Orita Aperin Waste-To-Wealth Project site and the Aba Eku central dump site, to ascertain the capacity of the plants and the possibility of providing more government support for the private investors in waste recycling.
Ayoola said; “As we can all see, the wealth of the nation is no more oil dependent but in areas that we have not been paying attention to before. Today, young Nigerians are making good money from waste recycling while others cringe at the sight of waste, yet we complain of poverty.”
The Commissioner pledged the support of the Oyo State government to all willing youths in the State that are ready to establish their own businesses or become entrepreneurs, by continuing to provide the enabling environment.
He stated that; “We have to be realistic in what we want and how we go about achieving them. The State administration under Governor Seyi Makinde has looked and found various ways to make youths have enabling environment to thrive in whatever business or enterprise they engage in to reduce poverty and unemployment.”
Ayoola said the capacity of the Nigerian and State governments to employ is not as buoyant as it used to be due to low income from oil, which is the mainstay of Nigeria’s wealth.
He therefore advised the youths to look inward and think of waste recycling which has offered a good opportunity for making money and even to employ other youths.
The Commissioner was in the company of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Bashir Olanrewaju, Consultant to the State on Waste Management, Mrs Ololade Oresanwo of West Africa ENGR and officials of the Ministry.
The plants visited were producing polythene nylon and other products from recycled pure water sachet and other waste products.