20 March 2013, Lagos – A group, known as Community Conservation and Development Initiatives, CCDI, says it has commenced energy generation from waste in Lagos under a programme supported by the UN Development Programme, UNDP, and the Federal Ministry of Environment
The group said in a statement, signed by its Programme Director, Kofo Adeleke, on Tuesday, that the first phase of the pilot project was carried out in the Lekki Local Council Development Area of the state.
The group said the project, tagged: “Energy Generation from Waste: A locally-Based Livelihood, Resource Protection and Adaptation,” would be replicated in other states of the country.
“The project is expected to establish a locally-based integrated waste management strategy that will reduce waste, generate energy and improve lives.
“The project will also be making use of a locally fabricated bio-digester system in the conversion of organic waste into electricity and fertiliser,” the statement said.
It added that, with the current effects of Climate Change, Nigeria, like other developing countries, needed to evolve a sustainable waste management system.
According to statement, efficient waste management in the communities would promote public health and also reduce water and air pollution.
It said the project, when encouraged, would enhance skills acquisition as well as provide income for the communities.
“The technical partners, Midori Solutions, will be converting fish guts, water hyacinth and other organic waste to bio-gas. Such bio-gas can fuel a 10KVA generator,” it noted.