By Gbenga Akanmu & Monsur Olowoopejo
GOVERNOR Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has said that Nigeria can convert wastes generated in the country into fuel, declaring that what is needed is the total commitment and determination.
Governor Fashola who spoke yesterday in anÂ address at the Town Hall meeting with Private Sector Participation (PSP) and Waste Operators, at Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, yard, Ijora Olopa, Lagos, said aside conversion into fuel, other product such as power and other manufacturing products could be made from refuse which would serve as source of income to boost the nationâ€™s economy.
According to him: â€œThere are lots we can gain from refuse. So many countries have turned their wastes to power, it needs the commitment of every one. Once we can dream it, we can achieve. There is no amount of money that is ever sufficient.
â€œBut I think we can work something out by sensitizing the financial institutions to assist in this area. This is not what we can discuss at this meeting but create a committee that we can work with,â€ he said.
The governor advised the operators to inaugurate a committee that would work with the government to discuss with financial institutions on the benefits of waste management in the state.
In his contribution, leader of the PSP, Mr Adepitan saidÂ over 100 compactors were already grounded and notedÂ that most private operators had been running the business at a loss.