By Godfrey Bivbere
The Federal Government Â Â Â has scored the management of African Circle Pollution Management Limited (ACPM) high over the firmâ€™s management of marine waste in the nationâ€™s seaports.
The commendation was given by the chairman of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Board of Directors Committee on Verification of the authority joint ventures, Mr. Afolabi Fashanu, SAN. Fashanu who expressed the delight of the Federal Government on the performance of ACPM in a chat with maritime journalists said he was impressed with what he saw at the site of the oil waste treatment â€˜Gâ€™ Force Plant. He stated that there was a remarkable difference between what members of the board were told and what he actually saw on ground at the project site.
â€œI must confess to you that I am impressed with what I am seeing on ground here. This is a remarkable difference between what were told before now and what we are seeing here. I am sincerely impressed. There is no doubt that with what we have done so far, Nigeriaâ€™s chances at IMO election in November are brighter. My only advice to the management of African Circle is that it should not rest on its oars. It should continue to do more so that Nigeria can be a strong voice in the comity of maritime nationsâ€, Fashanu said. Two other members of NPA Board of Directors, Architect Nene Lanval and Mr. Austin Cosmos who were also on ground to see things for themselves at Snake Island, collaborated Fashanuâ€™s views on the excellent performance of ACPM in the provision of port reception facilities in Nigeriaâ€™s seaports in line with the conventions of IMO.
ACPM has also installed two high burn incinerators to handle solid waste. The incinerators are equipped with scrubbers to minimise air pollution. A drum crushing machine with a special cleaning system is also in place to treat hazardous waste. There are ten specially adapted garbage trucks on ground. They are four in Lagos, four in Port Harcourt, one in Calabar and one in Warri. Already, 33 tons road tankers for the collection and movement of slops to processing centres and 14 operational vehicles have been distributed nationwide. A 1000 tonnes capacity tank farm at the company waste management facility at Snake Island has been designed to safely hold hazardous waste while waiting processing.
The Managing Director of ACMPL, Mr. Ayodele Emmanuel also told maritime journalists that the management of the company will continue to do everything possible to fulfil the terms of the agreement it signed with the Federal Government through NPA.