Written by Austine ELEMUE

Bello unveils first low carbon biogas plant in Karu abattoir

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has flagged off the construction of the first modern low carbon biogas plant in an abattoir, to help reduce the degradation of the environment and generate energy in the locality. 

The administration launched the initiative at the Karu abattoir in collaboration with African Environment Action Network, EANet-Africa, a non-governmental organization.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, secretary, FCT Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr. Stanley Nzekwe, said the facility was overdue, given the escalating human activities impacting negatively on the environment. 

Nzekwe reiterated that the FCTA had resolved to pursue the stoppage of the use of burnt tyres in processing meat in the territory, while assuring that in the next six months, the facility will be commissioned for use. 

He stressed that the concept is very visible, given the advancement in technology and scientific innovation, adding that the FCTA will not relent on partnership with development partners, by providing the enabling environment for agribusiness development. 

Also speaking, co-founder, EANet-Africa, Victor Ayodeji, disclosed that the project was envisioned and funded with the assistance of international partners. 

He added that the concept is designed to build a gas plant that would generate electricity for no fewer than 150 households in the area. 

Ayodeji said it will take six months to complete the setting up of the plant in the facility, adding that small scale of conversion of degradable waste in the facility would help reduce the pressure on the environment.  

Earlier, in her welcome address, head, animal services, ARDS, Dr. Regina Adulugba, said the initiative is a demonstration of the commitment of the government in promoting sustainable development in the society. 

On his part, the Chairman of the Karu Cattle Dealers Association, Isah Malami, who described the initiative as a welcome development, assured the stakeholders of their cooperation and support. 


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