Lagos - A Japanese waste management expert, Michikazu Kojima, says recycling is key in tackling waste management issues in Nigeria.
Kojima, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies in Japan, said this at a one day seminar about sustainable waste management at the University of Lagos.
The event was organised by the University of Lagos, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria.
Kojima said that a fast growing economy such as Nigeria could do better if a sound waste management technique was put in place and sustained.
Kojima noted that poor waste management was a major cause of pollution that usually led to health hazards and underscored the need for proper sensitisation of the citizens.
He said that health complications arising from poor waste management could be reduced, if the citizens were adequately enlightened.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics and Research, Prof. Babajide Alo, said that the choice of Japan for the collaboration was born out of the fact that it was a leading country in science and engineering in the world.
Alo also said that Japan was in a position to develop new techniques and procedures for tackling waste management challenges.