Don Urges Stakeholders On Effective Waste Management To Reduce Environmental Impact

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Prof. Muniratu Maliki of the Edo State University, Uzairue, weekend called on all tiers of government and relevant stakeholders to engage in effective sensitisation for a positive result on waste management mechanism in the country.

Maliki, a Professor of Environmental and Analytical Chemistry at the Edo State University Uzairue made the call during the 10th inaugural lecture of the institution titled: “Economic and Environmental Sustainability Through Dump-Mining.

Prof. Maliki said the sensitisation would go a long way to address environmental problems as well as improve waste management in the country.

According to her, “There is an increasing global campaign to urgently address the issue of waste mismanagement.

“The concept of waste as a useless material is rapidly changing to that of a valuable resource.

“If waste is properly managed, it will maximise their benefit while minimising environmental impacts,” she said.

Prof. Maliki who is also the Dean of Students Affairs further identified waste management as a major problem that had affected a significant number of people in the country, adding that the way and manner we generate waste determines the way it should be tackled.

She said dump-miming is the extraction of useful resources from waste, pointing out that the process also covers the treatment, management and utilisation of waste for resourceful and profitable purposes.

She, however, advised all tiers of government to commercialise waste management and ensure that experts were strongly engaged in the business.

In her words, “We all have roles to play, part of it is to educate people around us, let them know the importance of ways and manners we dispose of our waste.

“We can harness the transformative potential of these studies and contribute to a more sustainable, prosperous future that addresses environmental challenges, promotes economic growth, and enhances societal well-being,” she added.

Prof. Maliki further called for an increase in recycling efforts by Nigerians to reduce the impact of harmful chemicals and the emission of greenhouse gases to help tackle climate change.

“Recycling is the best way to preserve impact on our natural system.

“Nigerians needed to be enlightened on the need for proper waste management and the benefits of recycling.

“We should educate people on three ways of disposing of their waste; let them know that waste can be reduced, reused, and recycled.

Earlier in his address, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Engr. Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor said the lecture series has been a testament to the commitment to excellence and innovation in academia.

The VC expressed his gratitude to the dedicated and hardworking staff of the university who he said have been instrumental in shaping the university into a world-class university.

“Your unwavering commitment to excellence has propelled us to heights of glory and I am immensely proud of the progress we have achieved together during my tenure as Vice Chancellor”, he added.

The VC also acknowledged the students and encouraged them to uphold the values of honesty, handwork and dedication throughout their academic journey and beyond.

Prof. Aluyor used the opportunity to remind us that knowledge is key to progress and prosperity, saying that as a university community, they can continue to drive economic and environmental sustainability, promote academic excellence and foster a nurturing environment that empowers the students to become leaders of tomorrow.

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