From Abdulrazaq Mungadi, Gombe
The North-East Development Commission (NEDC) has on Monday kickoff the training of 150 youths and women on waste management in Gombe. The commission disclosed that training was in preparation for the commencement of its waste to wealth program in Gombe.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the flag-off in Gombe Adamu Lawan the head of environment and natural resources of the commission said that the training was for the beneficiaries to be educated on how to identify and separate recyclable waste from solid waste for a gainful venture.
He explained that based on its mandate the NEDC which is an interventional and developmental commission was to look into and identify ways of developing the region. “So, this wasted to wealth is one of the areas we have identified. Globally now this waste to wealth of a thing has become a lucrative business,” he said.
He added after the training the commission will provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for them to start scavenging and generating wealth for themselves. He further explained that: “We have two layers for the training, first are the train the trainers, who are 50 and then 100 scavengers. The train the trainers are made up of graduates and some NCE holders, the scavengers are made up of mostly youths that are school dropouts, some are even Kalare Boys (thugs) and the plan was to pull them off the street and be gainfully engaged and be able to earn living through this waste to wealth program”.
Lawan equally disclosed that the commission had plans to establish a waste recycling plant to further boost the waste to wealth program in Gombe. He said: “We already have the machines in our stores, so after the training, it is going to be installed in the state to begin the process of recycling waste and generating wealth for the people”.
“We liaised with the state government to help in identifying and selecting the beneficiaries. This is the phase one, we are already working on the second phase of the program. We intend to take it to the local government level”.
Secretary of the Gombe state scrap dealers association Abubakar Umar (Abubakar Glo) who was at the training told Daily Sun that the training was a welcome development to the association because it will further impact and give our business government recognition.
We have been appealing and calling on the government to invest in the business, now with the coming of the NEDC and the plan to setup a recycling plant in Gombe our over 40,000 members and those coming in and even the state can be sure of generating more wealth from our waste while also cleaning the environment,” he stated.