NAI research informs policy
The NAI project on informal waste recycling in Nigeria is contributing to a new national policy. This is the upshot of a round table held 5 August in Abuja that brought together government officials, researchers, representatives of the private sector, civil society and international development agencies.
The project’s big success is that the government now acknowledges that a policy is needed to deal with the growing informal waste sector and other emerging issues in the solid waste sector including the distribution of functions, responsibilities and powers between the three tiers of government and the method and extent of private sector participation.
– I hope that the informal waste pickers and their work will be recognized in the policy. Today, they are often treated as criminals, even though they help to save cities from drowning in garbage, says NAI researcher Onyanta Adama.
Non-state actors, notably NGO representatives complained of marginalization by the government alleging that they are seldom involved or even consulted. The hope is that as a result of the round table, the policy making process will be more inclusive with contributions from all major stakeholders.
– This is important. An official policy, with contributions from all stake holders, gives more legitimacy to the waste sector, says Onyanta Adama.