Waste management: Youth advocates vermiculture bio-technology


Malam Abdullahi Hussaini, a youth from Kaduna State has called on Nigerians to adopt the use of vermiculture bio-technology in the management of domestic waste.

Hassaini, made the call in Kano at the two-day Youth Climate Innovation hub for youths in the North West.

“The idea is to use earthworms to decompose the wastes. It is very easy to implement, you can farm earthworm, it is highly environmentally friendly and it is organic.’’

Hassaini said came to the event to showcase the innovative and green idea in order to address the challenge of improper waste management contributing to the effect of Climate Change in the country.

The idea is to sensitise people on the use of this technology; people can just get a wooden box or container, get some earthworms and put in the container.

“Whatever waste is out in the container will be eaten by worms as it decomposes, it can also be used for fertiliser,’’ he said.

Muhammed Muhammed from Jigawa proposed adoption of proactive measures to encourage the development of alternative energy sources to reduce dependence on firewood as a source of fuel for the mitigation of climate change.

He said affordable Biomass Energy Efficient Cook stoves for the poor people who could not afford using Biogas or Solar energy could also be implemented.

It will be good to resuscitate the culture of tree planting.

“Conservation of habitat does not always mean that people are not allowed to live, work and make use of specific environment.

“It aims at making sure that people do not over-exploit the environment so that the environment can keep on self-renewal and regenerating for present and future use,’’ he said.

The hub was organised by the Federal Ministry of Environment in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and coordinated by three Non- Governmental Organisations in the six geo-political zones concurrently.

The NGOs are the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI), Talentplus Initiative and Health of Mother Earth Foundation

The purpose of the meeting was to establish Youth Regional Climate Change Innovation Hub that would serve as a platform for continuous interface for the young people.