The management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has urged the Federal Government to provide facilities for students studying Chemistry and Environmental Science to turn waste to wealth and to generate energy.
The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Michael Osasuyi, made the call in an interview with pressmen in Benin.
According to the Osasuyi, adequate funding and provision of machines by the Federal Government would enhance wealth, electricity and employment creation in Nigeria.
“There are so many things in Nigeria that can create employment opportunities of which one of them is the waste management system. In this part of the world, what we see is the dirty nature of a particular job and how it is being processed.
“If the waste management of the state is well packaged and structured into production of different products and we consume it, it will create employment. Every man needs to appreciate his or her job, whether dirty or clean job, it will create a platform for our students to appreciate the course they study.
“Nigeria today needs chemists and environmentalists that can help convert waste into something meaningful. We need them and they are vey important to the society,” he stated.
The institution’s PRO called on the states and the federal government to provide machines that could recreate a certain product for consumption.