As part of measures to check indiscriminate waste disposal as well as encourage climate friendly practices among residents, the FCT Administration in partnership with WASTE Africa, has unveiled a Cash 4 Trash recycling hub in the nation’s capital.
Unveiling the project at the Nyanya area of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, noted that the aim of the scheme was to promote healthy environment and erosion control, stressing that blocking the drainage with litters has been one of the major factors contributing to flooding in some parts of the territory.
The minister commended WASTE Africa and the FCT Satellite Towns Development Department for what she described as a laudable initiative.
According to her, “This scheme will go a long way in controlling blockages on our streets and drainages by ensuring that waste are exchange for cash. Trash to wealth will also empower our youths to earn legitimate income.
“The era of sitting down and do nothing has gone. The Federal Capital Territory Administration through the Satellite Towns Development Department is partnering with all these bodies and more to ensure that you can pick up some litres and get some money.
“The scheme will empower the youths and at the same time clean the environment. This is an igneous way of getting money through trash. So, I want to congratulate Nyanya women and youths and also call on them to ensure that they use this scheme judiciously by picking up some litres that can be exchanged for wealth”.
Earlier in her remarks, the Cordinator of the project, Ms. Funto Boroffice, noted that Abuja lacks recycling plant, hence the need to introduce it in the nation’s capital like most cities in the country.
She revealed that with the support of Coca Cola Foundation, WASTE Africa was able to establish seven recycling hubs in the territory, just as she commended the FCT Administration for the partnership.