Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba Shehuri has disclosed that the Waste to Wealth Programme by the Federal Government can be explored greatly to improve power supply in the country.
Shehuri posited that if the concept is properly initiated across the country, it will address environmental issues, balance the energy mix, as well as boost economic activities of the people through the eradication of waste dump sites and landfills that usually pollute the air and water.
In low-income and high density populated areas where waste generation is traditionally high, but can improve power supply, the Minister therefore urged FG for more research to be carried out on how best this concept can be utilized.
In a statement, the Assistant Director of Information, M. A. Ahmed said the Minister stated this in his office, when he played host to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi and members of the school’s Governing Council.
Shehuri called on the University and other academic institutions in the country to guide students through training, research and practical demonstrations on how recycling, composting and zero waste initiatives can improve power generation, thereby reducing the need for disposal facilities and most importantly enhance economic activities.
Earlier in his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Ibrahim Njodi said the purpose of his visit is to inform the Minister about the forthcoming 22nd Convocation and 40th Anniversary Ceremonies scheduled for the 11th -16th April, 2016. Prof. Njodi added that the University has not had any convocation ceremony since 2010 due to the insurgency being faced by the State, in particular and the North East Region, in general.
The Vice Chancellor hinted that this year’s ceremony will showcase the university’s developmental strides in both human capital and infrastructure despite the prevailing security challenges.
Also present at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary, Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar Magaji, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Central Administration), the Registrar, Management Staff of the University and some Management Staff of the Ministry.

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