WHY WE ESTABLISHED SEA WASTE MANAGEMENT COMPLEX IN RIVERS -AFRICA CIRCLE
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA,
The Africa Circle Waste Management Company, has declared that it established a sea waste management complex in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, to take manage wastes in sea ports in the state.
The General Manager, Eastern Operations of the firm, Mr. Olajide Oluwayemi, disclosed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt, shortly after a tour of the complex by the board of directors of the company.
Chairman of the board and former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and other top directors of the firm, including former Rivers State Governor, Dr. Peter Odili and former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Festus Porbeni were at the complex to see the level of work being done.
Oluwayemi stated that the complex began handy in handling of marine wastes following the the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) banned discharge of waste into the waters at sea ports around the world.
He said, “The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) had banned discharge of waste into the waters at sea ports around the world.
“Instead, the waste is to be transferred to waste management facilities which process it and can even get fuels and other products out of the waste in a waste-to-wealth concept. We handle only ship discharge, not bunkering products.
“We are the first in Nigeria because Nigeria signed the convention. Some of the challenges we face include sabotage by those who were doing it illegally by collecting waste. They did not have the capacity to manage the waste but simply turn round to dump it in the water, the same thing the law tried to prevent.
“At the moment, work is in progress; we intend to complete the ground work and start installation of the components that are already on ground.
“We have received equipment of over 18 containers from France. These are components of a waste management complex: receiving components, treatment segments, etc. This operates as a waste to wealth system”.
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