A Review of the Nigerian Energy Industry

‘How to deal with oil, gas waste’

Bartholomew Madukwe & Michael Nwopoke

28 December 2012, Sweetcrude, Lagos—Chairman, African Scientific Committee, Professor Wole Soboyejo, has said the major challenge facing Nigeria at present was how to deal with oil and plastic waste.

According to him, the most sustainable way to achieve immediate needs of Africa is by collaborative research from ideas to markets.

Speaking during the 2012 Chief G. O. Sodipo Memorial Lecture in Lagos, Prof. Soboyejo explained that most plastics and oil components were not easy to degrade by chemical methods.

He said: “All countries have industrial and agricultural wastes that can be combined with earth or cement based materials to make building elements. Examples include straw-reinforced earth, cementitious composites reinforced with natural filters and polymers reinforced with wood chips.”

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  • We welcome Professor Soboyejo’s submissions but note with concern that it is the least of the concerns of the ministry of petroleum resources or the government for that matter.