Waste Recycling Plant Worth Millions Of Naira Wasting Away In Gombe
A waste recycling plant established by the Federal Government through the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in Gombe state has not been put to any effective use for the past 10 years.
The plant which was halfway built was expected to recycle and generate wealth from solid waste.
On a tour to the waste recycling plant site in new mile 3 Gombe Bounce News discovered that the gate and the main building of the plant have decayed with the offices almost halfway dilapidated.
A security guard employed to secure the facility, Malam Babayo told Bounce News that the roof of the main building has been blown by rainstorm over 5 years now living the installed machines to away.
Babayo said supervisors visit sometimes to inspect the facility but to no avail.
“I have been working here as security of the facility for the past 10 years but sometimes I feel like the government has forgotten me and this facility.
“I have not received my salary since 2011 from the Gombe State Commissioner For Environment And Forest Resources, Sa'adatu Sa'ad Mustapha.
She once promised me that she would do something about it, yet till date nothing has happened”, Malam Babayo said.
Chairman, Gombe State Crabs dealers Association told Bounce News that the project if completed would provide more than 10,000 jobs for youths in Gombe.
"We have followed up to see the completion of this project because we believe it could reduce farmers dependence on foreign sources for fertilizer, am very sure this plant can give us fertilizers we need for our farming season in Gombe,” he said.
He added that his association is ready to feed the recycling plant with all needed waste within and outside Gombe.
Jewel Environmental Initiatives an (NGO) working towards saving the environment in Gombe said they have called the attention of federal ministry of environment to the need to complete and commission the project because the benefit attached to the project cannot be overemphasized.
Isma’ila Umar Coordinator of the NGO said Gombe is in dire need of waste recycling plant as it will go a long way in saving both the environment and residents in the state.
“We have enough waste in Gombe that if recycled would generate income and will get our communities clean as well not to talk of having our own locally product which could improve government's internally generated revenue (IGR)”.
“The ministry said the project has reached a stage that they are now looking for public private partners (PPP) who will come in and take over the plant in other to complete and put it to use.
“For about 10 years now the federal ministry is yet to achieve that even though Gombe State Crabs Dealers Association said they have made several attempts to discuss the future of the project but no avail,” he said.
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