Civil Engineering students urged to explore opportunities in Waste to Wealth Management
Former Director, Lagos State Waste Management Agency, Dr. Ola Oresanya, has called on Civil Engineering students of Covenant University to explore the diversification opportunities the area of Waste to Wealth management offers. He made this call at a recent Town & Gown seminar, of the Department of Civil Engineering, titled, ‘Waste Management Operations In Lagos State,’ for which he was a guest lecturer.
Dr. Oresanya, who is currently the Managing Director, Globetech Limited, defined Waste as a function of time and place; stating that any item that is not wanted at a particular time, in a particular place, becomes ‘Waste.’ He gave an example of crude oil as a waste that finally becomes useful as a result of processing.
Dr. Oresanya explained that Engineering is all about vision, which is being able to see where you are going. It is important to measure progress in order to be able to manage it. He stated, “Discarded materials can contribute to local revenue, job creation, business expansion and the local economic growth as clearly proven by the Lagos State venture. Recycling business in Lagos has generated employment and added value to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria.”
The benefits of recycling, he said, “include the prevention of waste of potentially useful materials; reduction of energy usage; reduction of air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from land fill sites). Conservation of natural resources, such as timber, water and minerals, and the prevention of habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and soil erosion associated with logging and mining. The collection of waste starts from the general waste stream through curbside collections by purpose-built waste collection vehicles which moves the waste to the LAWMA Waste Bank. The waste is then sorted appropriately, for instance, plastic bank to contain a wide range of plastic waste.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Head of Department, Civil Engineering, Dr. David Olukanni, appreciated the guest speaker and stated that the essence of the Town & Gown is to establish a marriage between the University and the industry, so that teaching would not only be as it is in the classroom.
He encouraged the students to pay close attention to the lecture so as to glean from the wealth of experience the speaker has acquired over the years in the area of Waste to Wealth Management.
Present at the event were members of the Department of Civil Engineering as well as some members of the College of Engineering.