Ogun State government said it is working on how to raise the level of waste collection in the state to actualize its proposed project of generating electricity from wastes.
The state environment commissioner, Bolaji Oyeleye who made this known in an interview with Rockcity FM in Abeokuta, explained that the feasibility study conducted on waste-to-energy projects stipulates that the current waste collection capacity is inadequate to kickstart the project.
According to the commissioner, the feasibility studies on the project by the European Union and Lafarge Holcim says most of the waste dump sites visited during the studies have only 40 percent capacity of generating electricity.
To generate electricity, Oyeleye said the feasibility studies recommends that the capacity should be raised to 70 percent.
To achieve the target, the commissioner said the state government intends to engage private waste management companies to gather waste around the state, and purchase waste recovery facilities to extract the wastes needed to generate energy.
Also , the commissioner saidthe state government will purchase all needed equipment to strengthen the state emergency management agency to cope with emergencies in the state