Don solicits waste-to-wealth programme to combat unemployment


Dr Joe Okeke of the Faculty of Microbiology, University of Nigeria (UNN) Nsukka, has called on the three tiers of  government to explore opportunities inherent in  converting waste to wealth for improved economy.

Okeke , who spoke in Awka also pleaded with the relevant authorities to give him a chance to prove his capabilities in the area.

He said that the end products could be sold to corporate organisations  and individuals who were into agriculture-related  sector to generate revenue for  governments.

It is a known fact that Nigeria with her large population generates huge wastes; if properly converted through waste management it will give the country relief from youth restiveness.

“We can make it big if governments at all levels will support ideas like the one I am offering the nation,” he said.

Okeke said that visitations by government officials to waste recycling plants outside the country should bring about tangible outcomes to the country.

He said that some time ago, Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra visited a waste recycling plant in Austria.

There is no way they (the Executive Arm of government) will know what to do when it comes to putting such venture in place.

“I am calling on all that cares to know that there are millions of jobs that can be created by recycling waste to wealth for the benefits of the nation,” he said.

In August 2018, the Anambra government  entered into a partnership with an Austrian firm, Energie Verso gung Margarethen, Vienna, on sustainable management of wastes in the state.

Gov. Willie Obiano had then told newsmen after a meeting with a delegation of investors from Austria held at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia that the partnership was a fallout of his recent tour of  Austria.

The governor added then that under the partnership, the state government would be able to  convert wastes generated by its citizens into  sustainable energy that would  boost the economic growth of the state.