An indigenous firm, Biotech has partnered to build state-of-the-art sewage treatment plants, lift stations and sewer infrastructures for the Nigerian Air Force estate in Abuja.

The project was commissioned by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar in Abuja on Tuesday.
Speaking during the event, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Aanu Talabi said the commissioning of the new facilities marks a pivotal advancement in the pursuit of a circular economy.

He said, “The commissioning of these facilities symbolizes a significant step towards realizing a circular economy where waste is not merely disposed of but transformed into valuable resources. This approach will not only help in conserving our precious resources thereby reducing the demand for fresh water, promoting sustainable water management practices, while also mitigating the impacts of climate change.”

Talabi noted that the new facilities were important to having a resilient future.
He said, “These sewage treatment plants and lift stations are not merely infrastructural additions, they are pivotal elements in our journey towards a sustainable and resilient future. The importance of these facilities cannot be overstated.

“By effectively managing and treating wastewater, these plants will significantly reduce health risks associated with untreated sewage. This will lead to a healthier environment, thereby improving the overall well-being of the residents.”

He added that the project would ensure the groundwater is unpolluted.

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Talabi said, “Proper sewage treatment is crucial in protecting our natural water bodies from contamination. This initiative will help in preserving our rivers, lakes, and groundwater, ensuring that our natural resources remain unpolluted and safe for future generations. For instance, in rocky areas, the permeability of the soil is often low. This means that water and effluent cannot easily seep into the ground, making conventional soakaways ineffective.”

He, however, said the management of wastewater would foster economic growth in the estate.

Talabi said, ” The efficient management of wastewater will support the estate’s growth by attracting more prestigious residents and businesses, fostering a vibrant community. This, in turn, will stimulate local economies and create job opportunities.”

Speaking, the Air Chief urged the residents of the estate to judiciously use the facilities and ensure they are not vandalised.

Abubakar said, “I want to remind us that the efficiency of this sewage system depends solely on how the residents handle it. Accordingly, I implore the residents of the Estate under the auspices of the NAF Valley Estate Residents’ Association to contribute their quota towards ensuring that we get the best value for the huge resources invested in this noble project by simply ensuring that non-biodegradable materials are not disposed through the system. ”

“It is therefore necessary that we sensitize our households in this regard. Additionally, I must appeal to the residents to be very vigilant to ensure that the pipes and other components of the system are not vandalized. “

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