The lawmaker for Ohaji/Egbema/Oru West Federal Constituency in the federal House of representatives, Hon Kingsley Uju has drawn the attention of his colleagues to a waste recycling centre built by the Federal Ministry of Environment in his constituency for the purpose of recycling domestic and industry waste but has been abandoned for over 10 years.
Hon Uju who moved a motion on the urgent need to revive and put the centre to use as initially designed by the federal government, noted that the multi million naira waste recycling centre was built by the Federal Ministry of Environment and equipped with industrial crushing and smelting machines for the purpose of recycling industry and domestic waste from the South East and South South in addition to managing wastes generated by oil companies and smelting metallic waste.
He regretted that the industry that has been abandoned at different stages of completion would have been vandalized if not for the efforts and vigilance of the host community.
“It is expected that the centre would have provided employment for over 100 indigenes and Nigerians”. He called for a committee to be set up to find out the remote causes of the abandonment and the need to urgently revive the centre to serve the purposes for which it was established.
The House in its resolutions mandated the Committee on Environment and other relevant stakeholders to investigate and find out why the recycling industry has been abandoned for such a longtime and submit a report within 2 weeks.