West Africa ENRG is a UK company and the largest private landfill diversion company working throughout the ECOWAS region and more recently other parts of the continent of Africa.
The Company that diverts, each month, close to 7,000,000Kgs of recycled materials (including plastics, metal, paper etc) from landfill and put it back into the production economy for reuse and recycling, aims to achieve zero waste going to landfills.
This was disclosed by the CEO, Lolade Oresanwo at UK-Africa pre-summit media briefing held in Lagos on Monday.
She said that WestAfricaENGR operations span the entire waste management value chain from collection to transportation, processing and final disposal in the south west of Nigeria and Ghana.
In her words, Lolade Oresanwo said, “Our anchor project in Nigeria was the first Materials Recovery Facility [“MRF”] which is situated in Alimosho, Lagos.
“We have successfully pioneered the privatisation of waste management for state governments in Nigeria and Municipalities in Accra Metropolitan Area. We specialise in addressing the infrastructure gap in the solid waste industry, with locally tailored and engineered solutions for waste recovery, energy from waste and waste transfer stations.
“Our goal is to achieve zero waste going to landfill in West Africa, and the wider African continent.
“We believe waste is a resource when treated in a sustainable manner, which creates long term jobs, empowers women and addresses the energy deficit through the generation of clean energy.
“We employ more than 3,000 people at various skills levels and 72 % of which are women, we provide medical and life insurance, and we witness quickly the positive multiplier effect we have in the communities in which we work.
“We specifically target sustainable development goals;
6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all),
7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all),
8 (Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all)
“Being a UK company has enabled us access to collaborate with local and international companies to bring the latest technology for processing waste to West Africa, which through our engineering is customised for local market, to accommodate for power deficit and climatic differences.
“As we know, West Africa has a very large growing population and urbanisation, with good local industry leadership, no shortage of waste for our business and as such a huge market and potential for expansion”.
UK-Africa Investment Summit
Speaking on being a part of the UK Africa Investment Summit, the CEO said it is particularly exciting “for us because as a UK company, we will be able to showcase the giant strides we have gained in Africa.
“Being a case study for other UK companies looking to invest in Africa particularly Nigeria and prove that indeed ease of doing business in African countries have improved significantly.
“The summit will provide us the opportunity to meet other industry players, access to capital at competitive rates for investment and expansion.
“As a UK company, our goal over the next 2 years is to make waste a resource, provide clean power to critical services – hospitals, schools as well as develop thought leadership in Africa on waste management and waste processing.
“The Uk Africa Investment Summit 2020 hosted by the British Govt is a unique and innovative approach to assisting in growth and unlocking the potential of Africa of which we know Nigeria is the largest economy and should therefore benefit the most”, she concluded.