As part of its efforts to address the increasing refuse situation in the state, the Kwara State Government in Nigeria, is set to establish a recycling plant, which will generate employment through the Waste to Wealth scheme
The Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, stated this at a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Environment, led by the Commissioner, Otunba Taiwo Joseph. He noted that the plant will include a sorting unit, which will separate materials prior to their conversion into useable forms and highlighted some environmental and economic benefits of waste recycling such as protection of the environment and saving of resources.
He said recycling can increase production efficiency and reduce costs associated with purchasing raw materials and waste management and also noted the potential of recycling to generate employment and boost economic development.
Kwara State is located in west-central Nigeria and is bounded by Benin Republic to the west and by the Nigerian states of Niger to the north, Kogi to the east, and Ekiti, Osun, and Oyo to the south. Its area is14,218 sq miles (36,825 sq km) and 2016 population est. is 2,371,089.
The capital city of Ilorin is situated 306km inland from the coastal city of Lagos and 500km from the federal capital, Abuja. Major towns include Offa and Jebba, located on the Niger River. It was created in 1967, when the federal military government divided Nigeria into 12 new states. In 1976, when 19 states were formed, it lost to Benue state the three Igala divisions east of the Niger River. In 1991 it lost some of its territory in the northwest to Niger state and some of its territory in the southeast to the newly created Kogi state.
Kwara is one of the least densely populated regions in the country. Most of its inhabitants, chiefly Yoruba, Nupe, Busa, and Baatonun peoples, are Muslims engaged in farming of staple and cash crops, and also in traditional crafts production. It is an industrial and education centre which has food-processing and iron-working industries in Ilorin, and is the site of a university and a state polytechnic college. Jebba is another industrial town, with a pulp and paper mill and sugar refinery. A hydroelectric dam (completed in 1984) that forms part of the Niger Dam Project is also situated at Jebba.
Kwara state’s transportation facilities include river-borne transport on the Niger, now made navigable by locks at the Kainji Dam (in Niger state), up to Yelwa in Kebbi state. The main highway from Lagos passes through Ilorin and Jebba; it is paralleled through the state by the trunk railway from Lagos. The state also has a good network of intra roads.