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Edo To Derugulate Waste Management

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Edo State government says it is considering deregulation of waste management, to help keep the state clean and check flooding in major cities of the state.

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General Manager, Waste Management Board, Mr. Charles Osadebamen Imariagbe, disclosed this to our correspondent on Tuesday, in Benin.

He said the arrangement will contribute to government’s effort to evacuate heaps of refuse in parts of the cities, and to avoid possible blockage of drainages or spread diseases.

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It would be recalled that major cities across the country have experienced major flooding occasioned by wastes that blocked drainages and waterways.

According to him, “Talking about private dumping activities, we are trying to deregulate waste management.

“We must first of all understand that waste management is a privately-driven business. 

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“We will also regulate it to ensure that the whole business is done in accordance with with government’s directives.

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“We also try to liberalise dump site management to ensure that private hands are allowed to come in. A lot of effort is going on in that direction as well.

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“People who have the capacity will apply to the government, when they have a place they want to use. For now, it’s still am idea, when it is fully conceptualised, there would be a call for expression of interest.

“It would be in different ranges, it could be a setting up of recycling plants. The government will provide them the waste and they do the recycling. The reusable are taken away while the condemned ones are taken back to our dump sites. These are some of the options that we are looking at,” he said.

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Imariagbe further disclosed that his Board has held meetings with other key holders for plastic recycling, with a view to “have some buy-back-schemes, to take back the plastics from the system and rid the environment of plastics.”

He decried unwillingness by the citizens to pay for refuse evacuated and a situation he called “negative wake-and-see”, where by people would bag their refuse and put them on the walkways under the cover of darkness.

” We feel that is totally unacceptable and is not helping us, we frown at it and we feel it is giving us a bad name as if that is how we are. 

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Imariagbe charged citizens of the state to see waste management, not all about government alone, but as a collective duty.

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“One thing is for the government to provide the enabling environment, another one is for the people to also cooperate with the government,” he said.

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FG Extends Kaduna-Abuja Train Resumption

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The Ministry of Transportation, on Sunday, in Kaduna, extended the resumption date for the Kaduna-Abuja train Service

Recall that the train service was suspended in March 2022, after bandits attacked its passengers, killed 25, wounded several others and Kidnapped over 50 passengers.

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However, early this month, the federal government had promised that the Kaduna-Abuja train service would resume before the end of November.

But the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, while on inspection tour to examine its readiness for operation before the commencement of operations, said certain things needed to be in place before resumption.

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He said the FG has introduced a new system of purchasing tickets, which he said is the beginning of security checks that would assist the government to know who boards the train at every point in time.

Although he declined speaking on the actual resumption date, but assured the public that it wouldn’t be far from now.

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Dangote Plans Fresh 300,000 Jobs For Nigerians

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Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is optimistic that the new multibillion naira investment in the sugar sub-sector would help provide no fewer than 300,000 jobs in Nigeria.

A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company quoted the Group’s President Aliko Dangote as saying that the company was providing fresh funds and thus expanding its operations in the sugar sub-sector.

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Mr Dangote, who was speaking at the Flagg off Ceremony of the 2022/2023 Crushing Season and Outgrower Scheme Awards in Numan, Adamawa State, said the opportunities would include both direct and indirect jobs.

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Dangote, who is Africa’s top philanthropist, expressed optimism that the massive investment will create over 300,000 jobs for Nigerians.

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He said, “We are making a massive investment in Adamawa State through expansion of DSR Numan’s sugar refining capacity from 3000tcd to 6000tcd, 9800tcd, and to 15,000tcd. DSR will be able to create about three hundred thousand jobs, direct and indirect, with positive multiplier effects on the economy nationwide.”

The Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the government.

Dangote was appointed Chairman, National Job Creation Committee in 2010 to assist the Federal Government in providing more employment opportunities for Nigerians.

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The Dangote President had also announced that his company was doubling its spending on CSR schemes in host communities in Adamawa State, the location of its 32,000 hectares integrated sugar complex.

Speaking in Numan, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described the Dangote Sugar Refinery as the biggest contributor to the development of the sugar development effort of the Federal Government.

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The Minister also commended Mr Dangote for the massive support through his Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.

In the same vein, the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals is expected to create some 250,000 job opportunities when completed next year.

Already, Dangote Cement Plc is one of Africa’s biggest job providers in the manufacturing sector.

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Igbos Inaugurate Biafra House In US, Give Reasons

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Igbos residing in the United States, US, have inaugurated the Biafra House in Oxon Hill in Maryland, Washington DC.

It was gathered that the Biafra House was inaugurated to serve people who believe in Biafra and friends of the nation.

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This was authoritatively disclosed to DAILY POST by a source.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Biafra House is officially opened for business to the public, including Government Administrative Matters, Diplomatic Protocol, International Relations, and Security, amongst others.”

The Biafra House was formed to help Igbos in the US and Diaspora interact with the international community.

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According to the source: “The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.

“Biafra House is where Biafrans in the United States and the World can seek Diplomatic and Consular services, as it’s open for five business days a week and within the New York time zone.”

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“Again, The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the Fulani government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.”

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