The Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie has said that the University will partner with Edo State Government to generate electricity from accrued waste in the state. He made this known at the Edo State Government house during a meeting with the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
The Vice Chancellor who was in the company of the President, Bishop F.E.B. Idahosa as well as top management staff said the visit was to seek the government’s permission to get access to its waste dumpsites for the University’s ‘Waste to Wealth Initiative’.
Prof. Ernest also explained that the initiative aimed to facilitate youth employment, income generation and conversion of waste to electricity in the state.
“We want to partner with the state in the area of waste management; we want to convert waste into wealth. A Switzerland based company will fund the project with no financial commitment on the part of the government. We are building a waste recycling machine which will have a bioreactor that will act as an artificial stomach to digest the carbon base material” he revealed.
He mentioned that the initiative will help reduce health hazards and increase the state’s GDP. Meanwhile, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki said his administration is willing to collaborate with the Institution to convert waste for wealth creation in the state.
Speaking on why he decided to meet the Management, he noted that waste management was a priority in his administration and he was ready to team up with investors interested in converting waste to wealth. He also said that his administration, in its effort to make the state clean, will unveil its environmental strategy in less than two months.
“We will be launching a massive environmental campaign because our goal is to make the state and Benin City the cleanest capital in the country. It will involve massive citizen participation and we will be counting on the support of the University when we unveil the strategy”, he said.
The Governor however urged the institution to finalise plans with its other partners in order to facilitate a proper Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government.