Prof. Nasiru Idris, the Head, Department of Geography, Nasarawa State University (NSUK) Keffi, has called for the use of renewable energy at the Wupa liquid waste treatment plant.
Idris said this in Abuja, on the sideline of three-day field trip of the Postgraduate students of the department to the plant.
“One thing I realised is the need to have an alternative source of energy (renewable energy); you do not need to rely on national grid because power is key.
“There is light here but they are on generator. Why can’t we have sustainable way of energy? You can have solar, you can have wind energy, and you can even generate energy from the last part of waste.
“Accessibility is quite okay but at least the people that generate the waste supposed to be aware that there is a facility here and they are not using it to a maximum capacity.
“That reason why they are not using it to maximum capacity is that it is only Phase I and II that the waste is coming from. The satellite towns are not connected.
“There is need for government to connect those places so that all the waste can come here. It is an avenue for government to generate so many things from this waste.’’
The management of the plant had been using generator for the past 11 years in order to function optimally in the station.
The plant treats an average 1,000 cubic meter per hour on quality while the quantity is about 98 per cent efficient.
It treats liquid waste (domestic wastewater) from Abuja and discharges it into the Wupa River after treatment to prevent epidemic.
Idris, however, called on the Federal Government to build more of the facility across the country.
“There is need for all the 36 states of the federation to have this kind of facility so that it can reduce the liquid process of waste in their states.
“The only way they can have this is through Public Private Partnership (PPP) because it is capital intensive.
“The government can collaborate with countries such as China and India to build it. It will generate revenue so that government can pay back the loans.’’
The theme of the three days field trip is Environmental Sustainability in the Federal Capital Territory and Its Environs.
No fewer than 249 postgraduate students of the department participated in the field trip.