Self-employment is usually encouraged at all levels as a way of curbing the increasing rate of unemployment among youths especially in Nigeria. 

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), which focuses on training the Nigerian youths in vocational skills, is one of many government interventions introduced to buttress the importance of self-employment among youths and individuals in the country.

Nigerian youths, however, prefer to search for white collar jobs, which are often not available.

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Gombe wants the youths to look beyond white-collar jobs.

It says that employment could be achieved from solid waste and ultimately save the environment from the effects of climate change and desertification.

History was made at 10 am on Sunday at Kanawa Forest in Gombe state, where Jewel Environmental Initiatives kick-started the production of pavement blocks from nylon bags waste.

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The new discovery in Gombe state, if properly utilized can fend for a number of families.

The Program Officer of the NGO Khadijat Bobbo, who is a lecturer with the Department of Human Anatomy in the Gombe State University (GSU), told Bounce News that the discovery of converting nylon bags waste to pavement blocks, otherwise known as interlocks, was new in Gombe state but had been ongoing for long in some countries like China.

“In jewel environmental initiatives, we are worried with what environment has turned into. So, we see this discovery as a way of inspiring people to keep the environment clean and have something in return as well,” she said.

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According to the Coordinator of the NGO Ismail Bima, the plan is to introduce the new discovery as a skill acquisition program to women and youths in urban and rural areas.

“They will be trained not just on converting nylon bags waste to interlock but also on how to convert the waste to charcoal and fertilizers.

"The benefit is much more than generating wealth and employment. We want to fairly contribute in having clean and safe environment”.


“The Gombe state government is said to have performed well in terms of waste collection, but the disposal method adopted by the government is far from what is expected in waste management. This is because, it has now been discovered that the danger associated with the underground waste management is a major threat that is fast surfacing.

It is believed that the state government will benefit from converting these wastes to wealth, in terms of creating job opportunities and also serve as additional sources of revenue generation.

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