By; Sani Magaji Garko
The Kano state government says waste sector is contributing more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than expected, representing 14 percent of GHG emissions, hence the need to develop a database on solid waste which will ultimately serve as a tool in the development of a roadmap on solid waste management.
The state Commissioner Ministry for Environment, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso disclosed this at Opening Session of a One-day Seminar on the Agenda for Solid Waste Characterizations Result Validation, which was supported by the European Union and the Federal Ministry of Environment through Nigeria Climate Change Response Programme (EU-NCCRP) held in Kano.
According to the Commissioner, GHG emissions are primarily produced from land use change and forestry, which accounted for 38.2 percent in 2014. The other that contributed majorly in GHG emissions is the energy sector with 32.6 percent.
Dr. Getso noted “In line of this, the Kano state government, under the leadership of Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, designed some policies related to environment, waste management and sanitation services, all geared towards protecting the environment and checkmating degradation and other related problems”.
He further mentioned other measures taken by the state government including organizing a retreat to members of State Assembly on Pollution Control Bill 2022, and the sending of drafted and receiving back of four (4) betted Bills from the Ministry of Justice.
The Commissioner commended the efforts of EU for supporting the gigantic project and equally thank the researchers for choosing Kano as the area of their study.
Speaking, the Team Leader of the researchers, Dr. Todd Ngara said the essence of the study is to collect data and subsequently characterized and minimize the data which could be used by the government for policy formulation.
Making his presentation, Dr. Taiwo Hammed, who is the Key Expert on Waste on Management, revealed that the study is geared toward establishing baseline for solid waste management both at state and national levels, implementing awareness and sensitization to change household knowledge and attitude, among others.
Dr. Hammed declared that in the past Nigeria used to borrow data from Kenya, but for now, the reverse is the case.
In a statement signed by chief public relation officer, Kano state ministry of Environment Sanusi Abdullahi Kofar Na’isa said the participants of the seminar were drawn from experts on environment from both Federal and Kano State Ministries of Environment, Centre for Environment and Natural Resources (CENRAD), Nigerian Environmental Study Action Team (NEST) and Nigeria Climate Change Response Programme (NCCRP).