Executive Secretary Tasks Society on Waste Management

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote has charged the Waste Management Society of Nigeria, Bayelsa State Branch to intensify its advocacy for efficient waste management and provision of portable water for indigenes of Bayelsa State.
He gave the charge recently when the Waste Management Society, Bayelsa State Branch paid him a courtesy visit at the Board’s headquarters in Yenagoa. He urged the group to engage the state government robustly because of the criticality of waste management and the huge cost of tackling the challenges.
The Nigerian Content Chieftain clarified that the Board lacked the resources to solve all the challenges tabled before it by stakeholders but assured the society of the Board’s willingness to partner with it to propagate broad awareness about the challenges of waste management and the need for portable water through relevant channels.
He advised the society to furnish the Board with a proposal for partnership for consideration and used the opportunity to intimate the delegation of the Board’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, including the partnership with the Rotary Club of Yenagoa to provide portable water to selected post primary schools and communities, capacity building programmes for science teachers and training programmes in technical and vocational skills for youths.
He thanked the Waste Management Society for the visit and for drawing attention to the challenges of waste management in Bayelsa State. The Executive Secretary further noted that the threat of underwater pollution is real and demands urgent action by all critical stakeholders.
In his earlier remarks, the State Councillor of the Bayelsa State Branch of the Society, Mr. Paminola Walson commended the Executive Secretary for his prompt approval of their visit despite his tight schedule. Mr. Walson drew attention to the numerous challenges of waste management in the state considering its peculiar terrain.
He raised concerns about the impact of poor waste management on underground water sources in the state and the poor hygiene practices of the people. The State Councillor further intimated the Executive Secretary that the society is doing a lot to raise the required awareness and was also seeking support to build requisite facilities that could help in waste management in Bayelsa State.
He solicited the Board’s support for the development of a modern facility for waste management as well as assistance in relevant capacity building trainings.

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