Panel Session Themes are as follows;

Day 1.

  1. Achieving Zero Waste to Landfill; Ways and Means. – 12pm – 12.55pm

Nigeria can generate over N6.5 Trillion annually from sustainable management of waste across the country, from converting waste to Biogas, compost and from export of some of the recyclables, like plastic, metals, can, pet-bottles, paper, cartons, cardboard, used tyres, used batteries and metal scraps if well synchronized, rather than losing everything to the landfill. Various green jobs for young people can also be created as hourly jobs for young school leavers who can be paper, pet bottles, bottles, can and paper collectors. These will be neat jobs that they won’t be ashamed of. Families and individuals can earn or be motivated to dispose their waste sorted rather than be paying for the disposal.

To dissect this notion are our notable industry experts from the following organizations;

1. Federal Min. of Environment- KeyNote Speaker.

2. Lafarge Holcim and Geocycle

3. EarthCare

4. Nigerian Breweries

5. Nigerian Breweries

6. AFKAR Printing

7. Babcock University

8. Beta Glass.

9. Globacom

10. Deloitte Nigeria

Panel Session 2 A & B

Extended Producers Responsibility; Commitment to Action.- Panel Session for Companies & Regulators- 2 Sessions- 1pm-1.45pm and 1.50pm -2-35pm

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy approach under which producers are given a significant responsibility – financial and/or physical – for the treatment or disposal of post-consumer products. The EPR legislation is a driving force behind the adoption of remanufacturing initiatives as it “focuses on the end-of-use treatment of consumer products and has the primary aim to increase the amount and degree of product recovery and to minimize the environmental impact of waste materials”

 In Nigeria, this policy has not been enforced or implemented and there isn’t enough awareness      about EPR to the people. The Federal government agency in charge of Environmental Standards has been working with some producers and manufacturers to set up their producers organizations and the structure to implement their EPR and this is gaining momentum ahead of  awareness creation and enforcement. Are all the Manufacturers and Producers really aware of their Responsibility? How committed are they to implementing the EPR? Are the Consumers aware of their rights? What structures need be in place to make implementation of EPR feasible? What different roles need be achieved by the different stakeholders to make a seamless EPR happen? When should the Big Hammer of enforcement strike? To discuss and give answers to all of these questions are the following organizations and their representatives;

ThistlePraxis- Keynote Speaker 1.

1. FME –            Federal Ministry of Environment

2. NESREA-     Nigerian Environmental Standards and Regulation Agency.

3. MAN        –    Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.

4. NACCIMA – Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines & Agriculture.

5. FAAN –         Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria

6. NASME-      Nigerian Association of Small & Medium Enterprises.

7. NASCI-            Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists

8. UNIDO-       United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

9. NTDC-        Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation – Hospitality Industries-

10. Beverage    PRO


12. ARBR-    Alliance for Responsible Batteries Recycling

13. MTN

14. NIMC-  National Identity Management Commission- DG/CEO- Engr. Aliyu. A. Aziz

15. TetraPark

Moderator – Mr. Odulesi.

12.  Lafarge/GeoCycle /Dangote Cement- Keynote Speaker 2

13. DPR-        Department of Petroleum Resources

14. Dangote Industries/Cement/Refineries

15. Belema Oil Producing Ltd

16. NIA. – Nigerian Institute of Architects.

17. NIMASA – Mr. Dakuku Peterside

18  NPA – Nigerian Ports Authority

19. NRC – Nigerian Railway Corporation

20. LCCI – Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industries

21. COREN – Council of Registered Engineers.

22. NURTW – Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers

23. Pazzino EZZ- Construction

24. MTN

25. Julius Berger Construction

Moderator – Mrs. Ini Abimbola.

Panel Session 3.    Waste to Compost for Organic Farming. – 2.45pm – 3.30pm

Every year, roughly one third of the food produced in the world, approximately about 1.3 billion tons ends up in the landfill according to United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization statistics. Food losses and waste amounts to roughly US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries. Food waste is a global menace common with123“   every households, schools, food service sectors, waste management sectors, hospitals and offices, producing high carbon footprint or greenhouse gases measured in tonnes of Carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2 eq/t). Research data shows that for every ton of food waste generated, 1.9 tCO2 eq/t is emitted which contributes negatively to climate change.

Global quantitative food losses and waste per year are roughly 30% for cereals, 40-50% for root crops, fruits and vegetables, 20% for oil seeds, meat and dairy plus 35% for fish.

How can we fulfill the No. 2- Zero Hunger, mandate of the UN Sustainable Development Goals? How can we stem this Food Wastage tide by reducing our food waste and converting our food waste to a useful component of food regeneration? How can we use our food to protect our health going forward? To proffer solution on these issues are representatives from the following organizations.;


1. Federal Ministry of Agriculture

2. Federal Ministry of Health

3. Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria –

4. Organic Composting Solution- Environmental Harmony Ltd.

5. Nigerian Breweries- Zero Waste Operations

6. EarthCare Nigeria Ltd (Organic Compost)- Mr. Gregory Ohiaeri

7. Kalli Organic Fertilizer, Abuja. (Animal Waste Organic Fertilizer)

8. Ogun State Min of Rural Devpt. & Agriculture-

9. IITA – Ibadan

10. NAIC- Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation

11. Prime Court Legacy – Mr. Femi Johnson.

12. Anchor Borrower’s Scheme.- Mr. Edalere- MD. Green Revolution Consult

Moderator. Dr. Gbenga Olaoluwa

Panel Session 4.

4. Sustainable Financing for Zero Waste Adaptation.

It is acknowledged widely that the main obstacle to the deployment of most adaptation, climate complaint products and solutions in the developing countries is lack of access to sustainable & sensible financing. Most adaptation products are not made in Nigeria and are imported from foreign countries. Due to the disparity in the value of the currency especially the US Dollar to Nigerian Naira, the products are usually pricey and expensive such that people don’t want to go near them, even with the long term benefits staring them in the eye. This is not peculiar to only Nigeria, as most of the adaptation products are produced in a few countries and have to be imported by most countries who will deal with currency differences.  The United Nations Environment Program- Finance Initiatives during the AMEA Global Round Table of 2016 also acknowledged that there is a need for some kind of subsidizing from government and some Climate Funding to help reduce cost of accessing adaptation products and solutions, so that more people can afford them.

Sustainable products can also be assembled in countries other than that of their production, but there has to be assurances of demand and affordability by the residents. So the first line of action is to create sustainable funding (at sensible friendly rates) for affordability for products, so more people and businesses can experience them. When the demand grows, then sustainable products and solutions can then be domesticated or assembled in countries other than that of their origin so as to reduce carbon footprint on the long run.

To discuss these and more on Sustainable Funding that can make Sustainable Waste Management feasible, will be representative from the following organizations;


1.  African Development Bank-

2.  Development Bank of Nigeria

3.  European Delegation

4.  AFD.- French Development Agency

5.  PFAN- Private Financing Advisory Network- UNFCCC/UNIDO.

6.  Central Bank of Nigeria

7.  Bank of Industry

8.  Guaranty Trust Bank

9.  Standard Chartered Bank

10. World Bank

11. Bank of Agriculture

12. Jaiz Bank Plc.

Moderator. – Mrs. Ini Abimbola.

Panel Session 5.  Waste to Energy-

Energy is the oxygen for most activities and productivity of human life and existence and overtly business existence too. In Nigeria, we are still struggling to meet the required level of energy efficiency for a sustainable productivity. There are various options of energy source to augment the National hydro grid power, including various hybrids of solar, hydro and wind energy, but attention has recently been drawn to the use of waste as source of energy to power productivity at home, office and farm area. There are various new solutions that has been developed in Nigeria and from other countries that ensure that we can convert our various waste to source of energy to power our productivity and sustainable living. To discuss these solutions and more are representatives from the following organizations;

  1. Lafarge Holmc Plc.
  2. Dangote Cement Industry
  3. Dr. Moses Oyatogun- Waste to Biogas through Biodigester
  4. Belema Oil Producing Ltd- RDF from Exploration waste for Cement Company
  5. Dr. Hameed Babatunde- Waste to Syngas and Medical Incinerator
  6. Addryn- Waste to Electricity Machine – Dag Celtic.
  7. Waste to Syngas- Prof. Ejiogu Emenike

Moderator. Mr. Odulesi.