To combat climate change and environmental degradation, the Northeast Development Commission may soon establish a waste recycling plant for the six states in the region.

“The proposal to set up the factory is already on the table,” said Dr Zainab Challube, the Commission's consultant on waste management and recycling, at the opening of a five-day training on waste recycling in Maiduguri on Monday Friday, February 12th.

“The commission is refining the proposal to facilitate updating”, he also announced.

“We realized that we should no longer be indifferent to issues related to the environment and climate change,” noted Dr. Challube, explaining: “We should rather learn to recycle our environment to make it habitable.”

She further noted that “disposing of waste into the environment is a global challenge because it accelerates climate change”, stressing that “environmental degradation and climate change are issues that are at the forefront of global discourse”.

She said the commission, through its consultants, aims to expand recycling and composting services through comprehensive knowledge of all recyclable waste such as single-use plastic containers, plastic bottles and polyethylene bags.

“We are training participants to recycle these waste plastic materials and all other recyclable waste into usable materials such as interlocks, adhesives and other related usable items.”

The five-day training attracted 100 participants from the 27 local government areas of Borno State.

The Northeast Development Commission is the main organization responsible for evaluating, coordinating and reporting on various intervention programs and initiatives.

These programs and initiatives are implemented by the Federal Government, its Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as states and other Development Partners.

North Eastern states including Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe benefit from these programs and initiatives.