Nigeria is currently facing a daunting challenge in dealing with the issue of improper and uncontrolled waste management. However, in a strategic move, Pioneer Waste Master Limited, a technology driven waste management firm, has taken a decisive stance by introducing a revolutionary waste-disposal unit. This innovative solution is designed to effectively address and resolve the ongoing crisis, marking a major turning point in the country’s waste management efforts. The leakage of government revenue, exceeding 500 billion naira annually, has been highlighted by the organization as a crucial matter that can be resolved through proper waste management.
Pioneer Waste Master joins forces with the President Bola Tinubu-led administration to revitalize the waste management vision under the Renewed Hope Agenda. Deploying the cutting-edge Pioneer Waste Unit, the firm will tackle the challenge of waste collection in urban areas and establish state-of-the-art recycling facilities across Nigeria. This will create numerous employment opportunities both directly and indirectly while bolstering the government’s revenue generation. The firm prepares for a transformation as it conducts an extensive survey and research across all states in the federation to ascertain the necessity of establishing waste recycling facilities.
Plans set by the firm confirm with the global standard.
The outcomes of this survey paved the way for the introduction of a groundbreaking waste management system known as the pioneer waste unit. Consequently, these units were strategically distributed across various states to effectively address the issue of waste disposal and enhance its administration. This initiative aimed to address the leakage of government revenue in waste management. A comprehensive strategy was devised by the corporation for establishing waste recycling facilities within various urban areas of Nigeria. The initial step of this endeavour involved selecting pilot cities, namely Lagos, Rivers, Kaduna, Abuja, Abia, Plateau, Kano, Ebonyi, Oyo, and Benue.
According to the survey data and recycling plant blueprints on hand, it is confirmed that the recycling plants meet the global standards comparable to those found in advanced cities in developed nations. To curb revenue loss due to ineffective waste management and create job opportunities for numerous citizens, the company executed a thorough demographic survey. This was done to meet government revenue goals, alleviate unemployment concerns, and achieve success in waste management within the renewed hope agenda.
An average of 0.51kg of waste is produced per day by Nigerians.
The collaboration between the firm and the current administration in Nigeria aimed at addressing the issue of unregulated waste disposal not only showcased their trust in the President’s abilities, but also set the path for Nigeria to embrace sustainable development goals (SDGs), specifically in building a smart city. Through this partnership, efforts were made to tackle indiscriminate waste disposal and ensure Nigeria’s progress in achieving SDGs related to development. Waste management in Nigeria is causing immense anxieties, owing to the alarming levels of waste generation and inadequate management methodologies.
An approximate amount of 32 million tons of solid waste is generated annually in Nigeria, with only a meager 20-30 percent efficiently collected and properly managed. According to the World Bank, Nigerians produce an average of 0.51kg of waste per day, and it is anticipated that the total waste will skyrocket to 107 million tonnes by 2050. Additionally, inadequate waste management not only contributes to greenhouse gas emissions but also necessitates attention in parallel with other climate-related issues. Inadequate management of waste results in the release of methane, contributing to about 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
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Moreover, the persistent pattern of waste accumulation can be attributed to various reasons including insufficient waste management infrastructure comprising waste collection and disposal facilities. This inadequacy poses a significant challenge in managing and disposing of waste, particularly in rural areas. Additionally, the absence of effective coordination among the government, private sector, foreign investors, and civic society further hampers waste management endeavours. All this makes it difficult to implement a holistic plan for waste management that effectively tackles the aspects of waste generation, collection, and disposal.