FG inaugurates committee on metal dumpsites
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, yesterday, inaugurated a standing committee to set up centralised metal scrap dumpsites across all states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The committee, which drew its members from critical stakeholders in the iron and steel sector, including the National Association of Scraps and waste Dealers Employers of Nigeria (NASWDEN), is chaired by the Director, Industrial Development Department (IDD) of the Ministry, Mr Adewale Bakare.
The terms of reference of the committee include: Interface with the 36 state governments for land allocation for the dump sites, come up with blueprint for the operations of the centralised scraps dump sites, come up with measures that will eliminate smuggling and exportation of metal scraps, create a framework for sensitising local metal scavengers on the need to embrace the system of centralised scrap dump sites, explore funding options for the project; and set up a framework for flagship dumping sites in each state of the six geo-political zones of the country on a pilot basis.
Inaugurating the committee, the Minister restated the importance of the sector to the industrialisation of the nation’s economy, adding that the federal government is determined to leverage it to attain desired objective of industrialisation in the medium to long term.
Adebayo said: “On this basis, my Ministry finds it quite expedient to come up with appropriate mechanisms that will ensure sanity, growth and development of the iron and steel sector value chain, of which scrap and waste resources management is of paramount importance”.
He explained that the concept of the project indicated that it will create the spread of industrialisation across the country, with the attendant benefits of employment, infrastructural development and income generation, distribution and increase in Gross Domestic Products (GDP).
According to him, the dumpsites when established will solve the challenges of unregulated dumping and scavenging of metal scrap that has led to vandalisation of government and private properties by hoodlums; unsorted/unclassified metal scrap types; and uncoordinated/unified pricing of metal scrap, among others.
Responding, the Chairman of the committee, Bakare assured the Minister of the readiness of the committee to work assiduously to ensure the success of the assignment.