VP Osinbajo commends Kano’s waste management project

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

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Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has commended an integrated waste management project of the Kano State government to transform waste to power, organic fertiliser, and other uses.

Professor Osinbajo commended the Public-Private Partnership during a visit on Monday, to the Presidential Villa by a delegation led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and officials of Capegate, a private environmental services provider.

“I must commend the Kano State government for the sheer breadth of the project, and Capegate limited for its audacity due to the size of the project. It is not just a sanitation project, it is obviously one that looks at ending waste management solution but also has strong components for contributions to our NDCs, and our whole de-carbonisation ambitions for climate change.”

20 year concession agreement

The Kano State governor mentioned that the state has signed a 20-year concession agreement with the company for waste collection, waste transportation, sorting, and processing to produce electricity and organic fertilizer, among others.

The whole package is very important for us as a government which is why I thought, the idea of bringing everyone together to have this preliminary discussion is important so that you can learn as you go forward,” Professor Osinbajo observed.

He said that it is “important for it to be seen as something that we all need to work on. I think that it is the sort of project that could be a template for other projects across the country if it is done well.”

Expressing FG’s willingness to support the project, the VP noted that “…the approach that is taken here really has great prospects and we certainly must see how we can make this happen.”

Governor Ganduje had noted that the state government was encouraged to embark on the project because of the track record of the private sector investor (Capegate Investment Company Limited) which includes over 3 decades of experience in waste management, sanitation, recycling technologies, and renewable energy.

He solicited the support of the Federal Government in the actualisation of the project aimed at creating wealth and ensuring a cleaner and sustainable environment.

Also present at the meeting were Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu; his counterpart in the Ministry of Environment, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor; Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu; the Managing Director of the Bank of Industry, Mr Kayode Pitan; Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Engineer Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad; the CEO of Capegate Limited, Alhaji Bashir Jega, and other officials of the company, among others.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim

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