* VP inaugurates liquid waste treatment plant in Rivers

The multi-million naira state-of-the art liquid waste treatment plant built by African Circle Pollution Management Limited (ACPML) has begun operation in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The facility was built through the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement ACPML signed with the Federal Government.

It is situated in the Port Harcourt dockyard.

The plant’s take-off is coming on the heels of its unveiling by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the weekend.

Osinbajo reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to the ideals of the environment, maritime and the oil and gas industries.

The Vice-President said the unveiling was significant in many ways as it would help Nigeria to meet global standards and practices prescribed by the various conventions and guidelines of the United Nations (UN) specialised agency, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

“I am happy to note that as a wholly indigenous firm, African Circle Pollution Management Limited has kept to its own side of the provisions of the agreement and I want to assure you that the Federal Government, under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari, will not relent in its efforts to ensure it lives up to expectations by doing its own part.

“I want to encourage African Circle Pollution Management Limited to do more in the other navigational districts by ensuring that similar facilities are put in place. By so doing, the nation’s seaports will be in a vantage position to offer similar services to vessels calling in Nigeria’s territorial waters.

“There is no doubt that this is the way to go, if Nigeria’s quest to be a maritime hub in the West and Central Africa sub-regions can be actualised,” Osinbajo said.

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