By Bisade Ojoye
Ekiti Waste Management Authority (EKS-WAMA) yesterday launched it waste to wealth initiative tagged “SODOTIN DOWO” in fulfillment of five point agenda of the administration’s roadmap to make the state healthy and wealthy.
The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi who was represented at the occasion by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wale Fapohunda assured the people of Ekiti State of government’s resolve to create a healthy State and job opportunity.
Fayemi said the state was committed to take the initiative further through its organs, ministries, departments and agencies, while assuring the the people that the government would not waste time to commence all the potential embedded in the waste to wealth initiative.
The Sole Administrator, Mr. Adebayo Kelekun at the official launch explained that waste to wealth initiative involved recycling of waste such as: plastic bottles, paper and nylon into product such as jersey, weavon, pencil and facemask.
Kelekun said the purpose of waste collection was not just to collect waste and dump it at dump sites but to turn the waste to wealth, create job for women and youths, urging the people of the state to support and key into the project..
The representative of the major Partnership initiative, International Visitor Leadership Partnership (IVLP), Mr Taiwo Ajewole explained that with the number of waste generated by Ekiti, the state stood a better chance to gain a lot in the area of employment for the youths.
According to the Sole Administrator, Mr Kelekun, the advocacy will be taking to schools to further install the culture of recycling, the steam would also reduce the volume of waste that would eventually get to dumpsites.
While delivering her goodwill message, the Manager of Union Bank Plc, Olori. Adeleye, on behalf of other banks in Ekiti State thanked the Authority for giving them the opportunity to be part of the recycling initiative, promising that the bank would contribute meaningfully to the success of the project.
In his closing remarks, the Director of Admin & Supplies, Dr. Yemi Adeyemo stressed that the vision of the EKS-WAMA was to have a cleaner and hygienic environment, which would be promoted by the Ekiti Recycle project. He thanked those who came for the programme.