With a view to expanding their sources of revenue generation, some state governments in the North East have stepped up efforts toward converting waste to energy.
The News Agency of Nigeria NAN investigation on Thursday shows that while projects for some states were still at planning level, others had reached advanced stages.
Gombe state Ministry of Environment and Forests Resources one of such state said it had written a proposal on how to generate power from waste.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Adamu Pukuma, said the proposal would be submitted to the Governor for his consideration and approval by the executive council.
According to him, a Polish investor had earlier indicated interest in using waste to generate 15 megawatts of energy.
He said, “The governor was happy about the development but unfortunately, since the man left, he has not returned; we are still expecting him. Nevertheless, we are looking for another alternative.’’
The Adamawa State Government on its part said it is collaborating with foreign and local firms to establish a modern high-tech centre for converting waste to energy.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment, Barnabas Pate, said in Yola that many stakeholders, including local firms, had expressed their interests to partner with the government in the waste management business.
Pate said that when established, the centre would not only help in converting waste to energy but also waste to local fertiliser as well.
However, in Bauchi State, a Waste Recycling Plant, set up by the state government in 2014 at the cost N244 million, had stopped working.
Meanwhile, a Climatologist in Dutse, Jigawa, Malam Muhammad Saleh, advised the government to consider the use of solid waste, as an alternative energy to generate electricity.
Saleh advised that against this background, efforts should be channelled at using solid waste to generate energy.