By Michael Ezenwata
DEAN, Faculty of Environmental Sciences of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Campus, Valerie Chinedu Nnodu has called for the establishment of a recycling plant in Anambra State to ensure proper waste management.
Professor Nnodu, who spoke to the press in Awka on the secrets of achieving a clean and healthy environment, explained that if waste materials are recycled, they can be used as organic manure or fertilizer instead of the synthetic manure.
The Dean, who is a professor of Environmental management suggested that rather than practice transfer of waste materials, designated dump sites should have treatment facilities.
He urged the Anambra State Government to ensure that waste dump sites are provided with the daily evacuation of refuse to the final dump sites.
Professor Nnodu made reference to the desilting of drains along Zik Avenue in Awka which she described as a laudable idea by the present Obiano administration in the state.
According to her, the timing of the desilting project is apt as the drains need to be opened up for free flow of water ahead of the torrential, continuous downpour expected in the months of July, August and September due to the climatic change.
On his part, the former Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Campus, Professor Joel Igbokwe described the desilting project as a welcome development and expects the citizenry to refrain from the abuse of blocking drainage channels.