ANAMBRA State Government has signed an agreement with Redivivus Industries Limited for the management of plastic and other waste materials in the area.
The project with an investment portfolio of over one million dollars will make use of an existing UNDP site at Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government Area.
Performing the ceremony, Governor Willie Obiano said he was delighted that the partnership would help in clearing waste materials that litter the streets and water sewage passages of the state after rainfall.
Governor Obiano appreciated the engagement of waste scavengers by the firm to isolate plastics and other stubborn waste materials.
He however, charged the Ministry of Environment to organise the sector properly by introducing a pilot scheme that would help households and offices to separate their wastes efficiently.
Governor Obiano stressed that the scheme, if properly supervised, would rid the state of waste materials in the next two years.
Earlier, the Managing Director of Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), Mr Jide Ikeakor, explained that the project would create a beautiful waste to wealth programme in the economy.
Mr Ikeakor noted that the agreement would create about 50 direct jobs and improve state’s IGR by making waste management profitable.
The Managing Director of Redivivus Industries Limited, Emeka Ajekwu, noted that it was bringing innovation into the management of waste through the recycling of plastic waste and other materials.
Mr Ajekwu assured that the firm had established a network of waste scavengers supplying it at the moribund UNDP structure to help in sustainable environmental management.
Contributing, the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Mike Okonkwo, said the initiative would help in solving the menace of plastic wastes in Anambra, as well as bring social and economic benefits to the citizens.