US Consulate General, IVLP partner Ekiti on recycling project

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Ekiti state
Ekiti state
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has reiterated the
commitment of his administration to transit from the
“make-use-dispose” orientation of materials utilization to an
industrial ecosystem where wastes can be recycled, reused, recovered
and re-purposed for other uses.

Dr. Fayemi, who stated this at the launch the Ekiti State Recycling
Project tagged “Sodotin dowo” (waste to wealth), said the initiative
was aimed at changing the perception of Ekiti people towards wastes
disposal.

The Governor, who was represented at the event by the Attorney-General
and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Wale Fapohunda, commended the
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources as well as the Ekiti
State Waste Management Authority for providing a platform for the
collaboration with the private sector partners to kick-start recycling
project in the state.

He also expressed appreciation of government to the United States
Consulate General, Lagos and the International Visitor Leadership
Program (IVLP) for collaborating with his government and supporting
the initiative in the state adding that the project was aimed to
empower students, women and youths to become agents of change in their
respective institutions, offices and communities.

Dr. Fayemi called on private sector partners to work as a team in
order to achieve success in this laudable initiative aimed at
repositioning the state for better economic advancement.

“As part of five-point agenda of this administration, which are
enhancing good governance; entrenching social investment; promoting
knowledge economy; infrastructure development and agriculture and
rural development, through this initiative, we believe that we are
building the Ekiti of our dreams by judiciously implementing
life-changing programme and projects to engage our teeming youths and
students and at the same time changing the perception in the ways of
life of Ekiti people. He added.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural resources,
Princess Iyabo Fakunle-Okiemeh revealed that Nigeria generate a total
of 65million metric tonnes of waste annually and stressed the
importance of taking the project serious to enable the state join
other parts of the country to achieve effective recycling process.

Princess Okiemeh emphasized the need for Nigeria to reduce the total
volume of wastes by embracing paperless activities especially in
offices.

In his remarks, the Sole Administrator of Ekiti State Waste Management
Authority, Engr. Bayo Kelekun explained that the project would bring
about a significant shift to waste recycling .

Kelekun said the project would include process of recovering wastes
and reprocessing the materials into functional and useful products
such as Jerseys and interlocking as well as reduce the high quantities
of plastics, nylons and bottles wastes generating while putting less
pressure on virgin materials to produce brand new products.

In his good will message, the representative of the President of
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and the Consulate
General, Lagos, Joseph Iyowese appreciated Governor Fayemi for giving
his organization the opportunity to partner with the state government
in its drive to join the global Recyclers group.

While reiterating the commitment of the IVLP President to the project,
Iyowese assured the state of total support for the project to ensure
its full realization.

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