FG Begins Drafting of Nigeria’s Circular Economy Roadmap Framework

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To guide Nigeria’s transition into a more circular economy in the short, medium and long terms (2023-2050), the federal government has started drafting the nation’s Circular Economy Roadmap Framework.

At a stakeholders’ validation Workshop of Nigeria Circular Economy Roadmap in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Ibrahim Idris, said Nigeria, with a population of over 200 million people generates about 32 million tons of solid waste per year, which is illegally dumped in open spaces or disposed off with hazardous wastes in dumpsites and burnt openly.

He publicly denounced that: “These unwholesome practices have been linked to perennial flash floods across the country, increased respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, increased incidences of cancer, loss of aquatic life, loss in agricultural productivity, etc.”

He said the large volume of waste constantly generated in the country presents circular economy business opportunities across the waste management value chain which should be properly harnessed for the creation of job/wealth, establishment of micro, small and medium scale enterprises, private sector investment including foreign direct investment.

Ibrahim Idris who was represented by Director, Human Resources in the Ministry, Lawrence Adigwe, disclosed that for the country to benefit from its circular economy potentials, a study on ‘Nigeria’s Transition to Green Economy: Linking Circular Economy and Natural Capital for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Investment’ was commissioned with support from African Development Bank (AfDB), the Government of Netherlands and the African Green Growth & Development Forum (AGDF) as part of the process for the development of the Nigerian Circular Economy Programme (NCEP).

He said the essence of the study was to carry out feasibility studies of all Circular Economy and Natural Capital Accounting Activities in the country, and develop a Circular Economy Roadmap Framework to guide Nigeria’s transition to a more circular economy in the short, medium and long terms (2023-2050). He said that the European Union, through the Switch to Green facility, provided support for the development of the Nigeria Circular Roadmap while the stakeholders inception workshop held on the 17th of August, 2023, and the draft Roadmap was presented to stakeholders for their comments and contribution.

The minister said; “it is on this note that you are here today to validate the Nigeria Circular Economy Roadmap as part of the process for its Development to support Nigeria’s transition to circular economy.” He added that “this workshop is apt and coming at a time when the global community, including Nigeria, is making concerted efforts in innovative resource management through circular economy practices.

“As you aware, the Federal Ministry of Environment in collaboration with critical stakeholders has established the Nigeria Circular Economy Programme as part of its efforts to promote the adoption of circular economy in Nigeria, as a model of sustainable development in which the productive use of resources is enhanced overtime, waste reduced, and jobs created.”

Nigeria’s population is currently growing at 2.59 percent annually. This makes Nigeria the fastest growing population in the world, and is estimated to reach 400 million people by 2050, making it the world’s third most populous country by then.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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