Lagos - The Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON) on Wednesday called on the Federal and State governments to create an enabling environment for private sector to invest on wastes.
Reuben Ossai, President of the society, made the call at the second International Waste Summit in Lagos.
The theme on the summit is: "Financing Waste Management in Developing Economies".
Ossai identified the major challenge in waste management as the poor response of the government at all levels to waste management issues.
"Without infrastructure, you cannot manage waste and waste management is a capital intensive business.
"Today, the challenge is that governments have not been able to create an enabling environment that will encourage private investors to put money into waste management.
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"That is why our waste is not being managed properly.
"If government sets up a system that will enable private people to invest with the hope of getting it back, they will invest," he said.
Ossai noted that waste generation has been on the increase, saying that there should be quick response by the government to evolve a system that will make people have value for services discharged.
He appealed to government at all levels to allocate more funds to the management of wastes in the country through private sector.