(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Plans are underway by the Akwa Ibom State government to commence the conversion of solid waste to electricity to power its industrial city, according to the state’s Commissioner for Environment and Petroleum Resources, Sir Charles Udoh.
Reports say the state government is already in talks with foreign investors on the project, which was, however, bogged down by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and its associated economic disruptions.
In Udoh’s words, ‘’There are different ways to evacuate or dispose of waste. Some people use incinerators, while others decide to use landfills. And because Uyo for instance, has a peculiar ravine issue, it will be absolute insanity to think about using an incinerator when you need to use refuse to do landfill. Even when you use an incinerator, there must be some inconveniences. Therefore, we are using landfill as our waste management process.
“As a government, we are proactive. But going forward, we are currently in discussion with an investor in a bid to turn the waste into power, and once we conclude the process, the waste would no longer be used for landfill. The waste would be used to generate electricity.
“And the question would be, what are you going to use the electricity for? We are going to use the electricity to power the industrial city in Itam that
houses the tissue, plastic, toothpick, and pencil factories. So, the plan is ongoing.
“You should also understand that in 2020, the economic dynamic and everything about the global space has been epileptic and plans have been thrown overboard, deadlines have been shifted and arrangements have been readjusted. So, these are ongoing concerns that the government is working on.’’
Potential Impact: Apart from creating an alternative source of electric power, the initiative will help stimulate the full take off of the industrial city, and also complement the federal government’s power generation efforts.