Cade Adams Agbugba, (NIGERIA MOMENT).
Any Trip home for work or holiday is always a quality life for me. I eat in excess those delicacies I can’t afford eating daily where I live and I have a running stomach for my greed. Going to Aba I had to stop in a roadside hotel for convenient as toilets are called in Nigeria (for a reason I don’t know…toilet is toilet and names don’t make them smell like roses).
I visited 4 out of the 5 Southeastern States for work related reasons— just their landfills and waste dumps, because we live with waste, all the dumps and landfill were in the city within the population.
In order to accomplish my schedule under 5 working days, I used both road and airports (Enugu, Owerri and Port Harcourt).
Being an employer of a Micro Power Engineering company, was a routine job trip for me. Mapping out and sampling resources to design a plasma/gasification technology to convert Municipal solid Waste into syngas that if purified can be used in cogeneration CCHP for electricity, heat and cooling for the city households and industries
But as an Igbo man it was a very sad trip with some hope.
Enugu state have the best waste management among the states I visited, there are mapped out locations where waste containers were deposited by the state waste management company. The waste are picked once a day, in some populated areas twice a day. The waste management boss is very dedicated in his job and proud of the progress they have made. He also mentioned that the state is very happy over the millions of naira generated from waste disposal fees.
Less effective than Enugu, and have been getting periodic training help from Enugu Team. The waste in Awka was dumped in a landfill that is close to the town, and there are signs of jobs being done by United Nation or such organization to build a truck weighing bridge for tipping or gate fee.
The condition in Onitsha was horrible, the landfill is directly located inside the major highway, close to the landfill a huge hole caused by erosion that will soon sweep away the entire highway.
The disorderliness begins with the chaotic go-slow within a city that is smaller than Ajegunle. But the waste management was at Onitsha level and needs lots of work.
Abia was a moral disgrace. In the name of everything that is holy and for the love of our heritage as Ndigbo, Abia and her pig lifestyle betrayed everything that is right within Ndigbo as people.
That the governor, LGA Chair and State Legislatures presided 24/7 a city that looks like a Sty and collecting waste fee from the citizens is hard for me understand or judge. Moral disgrace is the only words that comes to mind
WHY OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING?
Landfill sites are pretty ugly. And it’s not just the sight of increasing piles of waste that’s the problem. There are many negative issues associated with landfill.
The three most important are toxins, leachate and greenhouse gases.
Many materials that end up as waste contain toxic substances. Over time, these toxins leach into our soil and groundwater, and become environmental hazards for years. Electronic waste is a good example. Waste such as televisions, computers and other electronic appliances contain a long list of hazardous substances, including mercury, arsenic, cadmium, PVC, solvents, acids and lead.
Leachate is the liquid formed when waste breaks down in the landfill and water filters through that waste. This liquid is highly toxic and can pollute the land, groundwater and waterways.
When organic material such as food scraps and green waste is put in landfill, it is generally compacted down and covered. This removes the oxygen and causes it to break down in an anaerobic process. Eventually this releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Studies have shown possible increased risks of certain types of cancer, including bladder, brain and leukemia, among people who live near landfills.
Further, a study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also found that babies born to mothers who live near landfills have a greater risk of birth defects.
I had the opportunity to discuss and argue with some of Nigeria finest scientist in renewable energy and capacity increase baseline for Nigeria, using Easter Region to develop units that can be replicated all over the country.
Among them is a friend and a brother, one of the leading African scientist in renewable energy. His Excellency Professor Chinedu Ositadinma Nebo.
The 21st Century is the era of clean renewable energy sources, and our company is perfectly positioned to help meet the growing demands of an environmentally clean world from a renewable source of fuel, the world’s waste.
In a world where energy is a high and urgent priority and where climate change is a huge concern, we must use our waste to create green, clean power in the communities where the waste is produced and the power is consumed.
THERE IS NOTHING POLITICAL IN CHOOSING ENUGU FOR THE FIRST PLANT, THE PLANT WILL BE FUNDED BY IGBO POWER DEVELOPERS AND VENTURE CAPITALIST AND NOT NIGERIA GOVERNMENT OR STATE GOVERNMENTS (last time I checked, they have problems paying salaries).
Prince Cade Adams Agbugba