In a move akin to the time tested programme of waste to grace, the Katsina state government kicked off a programme to buy used polythene bags and water sachet bags from members of the public.
Aside from assisting in empowering the pauperized members of the public who will participate in the programme, it would also serve as part of efforts aimed at addressing environmental degradation.
Commissioner for environment, Aminu Ibrahim Safana, who launched the programme, said a kilo of the discarded bags would be purchased at rate of N10.
He assured that the programme which is a pilot exercise would cover the state metropolis within four weeks and would then extended to the old seven local government councils of the state.
He said the used polythene and water sachet bags, when purchased from individuals, would be transported to neighbouring Kano State for recycling.
Safani said the state had “entered into an agreement with a company in Kano State to purchase a kilo of the used polythene bags at the rate of N15,” and that the additional N5 generated from the sales would cover the cost of transportation.
The Ministry of Environment had launched the purchase of the used bags and leathers in the state metropolis with the assurance that it would be replicated in several parts of the state within coming months.