By Kingsley Braide
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri on Friday commissioned the special waste incinerator at the Bayelsa Medical University (BMU) in Yenagoa, as part of activities marking his first anniversary.
The governor who expressed delight at the facility, said it was the right step in the development of the state and called on more organizations and institutions to take up that form of waste disposal.
While enumerating the benefits of the facility, the governor said the BMU will no longer be plagued by the offensive odour that comes with waste.
He said: “First, we want to thank God for today, having made it possible for us to have an incinerator that is about to be commissioned. You will agree with me that our state is littered with waste and this will be the beginning of a whole cycle of waste collection and the cycle of transforming these wastes to other useful engagements.
“I believe that what we have here today will service our state adequately and we also want to beg citizens to have an etiquette of waste management. The idea of throwing waste out of your cars should stop in the state, let us have waste collection points.
“This waste incinerator makes the waste management in the state easier as compared to the landfill. We won’t need to dedicate a portion of land that can be used for something else for the dumping of waste.
“I want to assure the Vice Chancellor of the Bayelsa Medical University that this government will escalate the state strategic health waste plan, and relevant officers are hereby directed to work with the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House immediately on a Bayelsa state health care waste law.
“Let me congratulate the Vice Chancellor and all those working with him, and we believe that this is the beginning of waste management in Bayelsa state and Bayelsa state will be kept clean and it will as a matter of fact generate revenue for our state”.
The waste Incineration plants do not generate bad smells as wastes gets burnt in a controlled way with systems such as a activated carbon equipment to eliminate acid gases and odours.