Niger partners with Ghanaian company for garbage treatment plants
Niger’s state government said on Tuesday it was working with a Ghanaian company, Zoom Life Recycling Company, to establish three garbage recycling plants in the state.
Malam Habib Abdulmalik, director general of Niger’s National Environmental Protection Agency (NISEPA), told reporters in Minna, the state capital, that the partnership aims to ensure a clean and safe environment. Abdulmalik said the measure would ensure a clean environment and protect public health.
“In early 2020, Governor Abubakar Bello drove us to Accra; Ghana to see how Zoom Life Recycling Company works.
“While in Ghana, we started discussing with the company on how we can establish garbage recycling plants in Minna and two other urban areas in the state.
“We are still in contact with the firm; but for the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom Life would have completed a feasibility study on the project, ”he said.
He said the project would involve the state government, the private sector and Ghanaian society.
The commissioner said factories would stop indiscriminately dumping waste in places and burning plastics, which brought environmental risks.
He explained that when the factories started operating, many young people would be employed, thus tackling the problem of unemployment.
Abdulmalik, however, said inadequate funding and inadequate trucks to remove garbage were among the challenges NISEPA faced.
“We have started de-silting drainage systems in urban areas to prevent flooding since April of this year.
“Although we have little funds, we have started to clean the gutters in order to avoid flooding,” he said.
The commissioner said that before mid-June 2021, major garbage dump sites in Minna would be cleaned up to prevent disease outbreaks.
Abdulmalik urged legal entities and individuals in the state to always pay their taxes and levies to enable the government to serve them better.