$8m Dockyard Treatment Plant Begins Work In Port Harcourt

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An $8 million Dockyard liquid waste treatment plant has begun work in Port Harcourt, complementing federal government’s remediation efforts in the Niger Delta region.
The plant is an outcome of Public-Private Partnership efforts between African Circle Pollution Management Limited and the federal government through the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The facility will treat waste generated on vessels, and also complement a more general work on the environment especially the clean-up of Ogoniland and the innovative connective solutions to ending gas flaring as developed by the NNPC.
The new plant brings to a total $37 million, the investment in Nigeria by the company chaired by former military head of state, Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar.
The Dockyard plant is built by the African Circle Limited in line with the Built, Operate and Transfer agreement, and also in accordance with the IMO MARPOL 73/78 convention.
The agreement which is valid for 20 years is to provide facilities for liquid and solid waste created on both vessels for the navigation districts of Lagos, Port Harcourt, Warri, Calabar and Onne. On expiration, the facilities would be handed over to the NPA.
Speaking at the commissioning, Vice president Yemi Osinbajo said the policy thrust of the current Buhari administration would be to continually encourage Public Private Partnership and private capital investment, especially in commercially viable public infrastructure.
His words “a successful public-private partnership, private leadership in major aspects of the economy and encouraging private capital investment is more strategic and important.”
Osinbajo who noted that “government cannot fund all public infrastructure,” stated that the Ease of Doing Business initiative of the Buhari administration was to encourage public-private investment and make the country more attractive to investors.
“You are all aware of our Ease of Doing Business agenda, with the goal of making Nigeria one of the easiest and most attractive places to trade and invest in the shortest possible time. We are well on our way there,” he said.
He commended African Circle Pollution Management Limited that built the Liquid Waste Treatment Plant, for being wholly indigenous, while referring to its growth over the years.
“I am told that the company has invested more than $8 million in this fully automated liquid waste treatment plant; in fact, that all its investment so far here in Nigeria is somewhere in the area of $37 million. The construction of this modern waste treatment plant is in fulfillment of the provisions of the agreement the company signed with the Federal Government through the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
With this plant, the Vice President believes Nigeria would no longer be a country defined by the size of pollution challenges, but instead by the wholeness of our remediation response and, even more importantly, our preventive action.”
Reiterating Federal Government’s commitment to a sustainable development agenda, the VP added, “barely two years ago, we demonstrated our commitment to supporting environmentally friendly projects by the launching of a first sovereign green bond in Africa and the fourth in the world.
“The proceeds of the bond is to finance environmentally friendly projects in afforestation, renewable energy and the formation of green energy, enabling Nigeria to reduce its CO3 emission by 40 per cent by the year 2030.”

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