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The Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, says the Nigerian recycling industry is worth N18 billion with inherent job creation potential.
Odumboni said this at the inauguration of the Lagos Recyclers Association (LAGRA) at the Muson Centre on Wednesday in Lagos.
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Commending the efforts of the association on the recycling sector and job creation, Odumboni urged Nigerians to tap into the lucrativeness of the industry.
“I enjoin all stakeholders in the sector to join hands to support LAGRA so that it can be bigger, better and stronger. So, it can be an example for other states as well.
“With the inauguration of LAGRA, we can begin to enforce the circular economy policies of LASG; we can begin to see the circularity in sight.
“There are lots of opportunities to be tapped from the circular economy in Lagos alone.
As at last year, we recorded about N18 billion in value of the recycling economy in Lagos.
“Recycling is an opportunity for every Nigerian youth out there; they can be entrepreneurs from recycling activities. Recycling and waste generally have a lot to do with job creation,’’ he said.
According to him, the Lagos Government is proud to be associated with LAGRA.
adding that its birth was closely linked to LAWMA’s influence based on the need to have a working relationship with recyclers.
“There are enormous opportunities in recycling but it is time for Nigerians to grab the opportunities therein. In the nearest future plastic pollution will be a thing of the past,” Odumboni said.
In his welcome address, Dr Femi Idowu-Adegoke, President of LAGRA, said it was time to nurture recycling in order to unleash its potential to boost the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“Recycling in Nigeria has been in existence for decades but most people have been engaging in it informally, hence the need to formalise the sector with the inauguration of LAGRA.
“We have come together to make a formidable force because if we do continue doing it individually, the industry will not experience the kind of growth that is expected.
“Recycling has environmental, social and economic benefits.
Recycling is a huge industry and it is worth over a billion dollar in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Idowu-Adegoke urged the association to continue to nurture the recycling industry in the country.
“In the next five years, the industry will be amazing what recycling will be able to do to our GDP as it will be a major employer of labour.
“Within one year, from five registered recycling companies, we now have about 104 recycling companies and over 6,000 informal recyclers. So, you can imagine the employment they create.
“Recycling is an export-driven activity and recently we have begun to see a lot of young people export products from recyclables,” Idowu-Adegoke said.
Mr Olalekan Fatodu, Senior Special Assistant to Lago State Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said the pursuance of a circular economy was one of the policy goals of the Lagos State Government.
“Creating a circular economy is one of the most important development collaborations that we have in Lagos state and we are grateful to LAGRA for putting this together.
“We cannot overemphasise the need for resource management and responsible consumption and production.
“I believe some of the efforts and actions of LAGRA will lead to ways to beat plastic pollution in Nigeria with Lagos serving as a pilot copy.
“If we do not come together to take a more decisive action on the issue of waste management, resource preservation and management, we will be faced with another danger that will be difficult to control,’’ he said.
The newsmen report that LAGRA was formed in April 2021 to further propagate the Municipal Solid Waste Recycling Programme of Lagos state.
It is dedicated to promoting waste reduction, reuse, recycling, salvaging and composting.
LAGRA’s inaugural conference with the theme: “Highlighting the Lagos Circular Economy,’’ was attended by various environmental stakeholders from the government and private sectors.
In the meantime, the Lagos State Ministry of Education says the state government will continue to foster essential partnerships to upscale the implementation of its third pillar ‘Themes’ agenda, on ‘Education and Technology.
Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, the State Commissioner for Education, said this in her keynote address at the formal launch of the Nigeria Learning Passport (NLP).
It was done in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) in Ikeja on Wednesday.
“The present government is driven by Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s uncommon political will, he is passionate about huge investment and partnership which will enhance socio-economic growth as an intervention to bridge the knowledge gap,” she said.
The idea, according to her, is to bridge the gap and reach out, creating chance for every child in the state to do well.
“It will be a leading factor if we are able to ensure that our children are well educated, able to hold themselves globally and work anywhere,” Adefisayo said.
The Commissioner expressed delight over the initiative, thanking UNICEF for NLP.
She said that she was more particular about the sustainability of the project.
According to her, the state is willing to take ownership of the project, as there is no better time to launch it than now.
Earlier, Celine Lafoucriere, Chief of Lagos Office, UNICEF. and Generation Unlimited Nigeria Lead, said that Learning Passport is an effective tool that can be deployed to accelerate state education reform.
Lafoucriere said it was fundamental for young people to be equipped with skills and opportunities which would transform Nigeria.
“We need governments like Lagos State to take ownership whilst UNICEF commits to engaging young people on GenU 9JA to leverage innovation, widen models of cooperation and ensure private sector collaboration.
“With platforms such as Generation Unlimited Nigeria (GenU 9JA), and public-private-youth partnership supporting young Nigerians, transition from learning to earning will be achieved, UNICEF is delighted to support the NLP,” she added.
Speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Abayomi Abolaji commended UNICEF for complementing what the state had already started.
He said that out-of-school children could also learn.
Abolaji, however, appealed to school administrators, teachers and students to take advantage of the NLP initiative
He said that learning should not be confined to the four walls of a school alone.
“We commend the sterling contributions of our frontline partner, UNICEF in ensuring that learning continues even when children are not within a school structure,” he said.
The newsmen report that Learning Passport is a digital learning platform developed in partnership with UNICEF and Microsoft.
It is an education model designed to close the learning poverty gap with a focus on equitable quality and flexible learning.
This enables continuous access to education for children, youth and teachers across Nigeria.
Newsmen report that a cross-section of selected students presented an enlightening dance drama.
It was on the steps to register and participate in the digital platform for learning, outlining its core benefits.