Ithout plans for humanity jide Macaulay
human body samples tested. This goes to show that of all waste types, plastic waste is very likely to become our biggest concern in the world and sadly, Nigeria is projected to be badly affected as we are miles behind in mitigating environmental problems.
Do you think we are effectively utilising waste compared to developed countries?
I do not think we are converting enough of our waste to wealth as other developed countries have successfully done. Unstable power supply is also contributing to the drawback as waste processing/recycling consumes a lot of energy. As a result, the cost of energy is discouraging potential investors. Sadly, more than 80 per cent of our waste end up in landfills since it is incredibly expensive to turn them to wealth.
What are your views on generating energy through waste?
The generation of energy from waste is no longer news as many developed countries are already miles ahead in the use of that technology. However, to make this possible in Nigeria, we must learn the culture of segregating our waste into categories in order to make it much easier for collection and processing. Only recently, there has been a growth in the number of SMES in Nigeria utilising plastic as construction materials. This is a good development but we can do better on a bigger scale.
What other notable achievements have you had in your career?
I created a virtual consulting platform, ILLUMANIA in January 2018, an online educational, business and environmental consulting outfit. In April 2018, I also created a Facebook page called ‘Just Like You’ in order to showcase the ‘behind-the-scene’ stories of Africans under 40, who rose from the abyss of nothingness and confounding difficulties to attaining enviable heights worthy of emulation.
What are your other interests?
My other interests are entrepreneurship and politics. Being an entrepreneur helps me to render services urgently needed by the public. Also, politics remains the only single platform to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
What are some of your personal beliefs and how have they worked for you?
The personal beliefs I run with daily are resilience, excellence and selflessness. Resilience grants me the extra energy to keep the fire burning in the face of opposition or difficulties. Excellence reminds me not to get too comfortable and rest on my oars while selflessness ensures I give back to the society that raised me, no matter where my talent carries me to.
What’s your advice to youths who are aspiring to greater heights?
Greatness is vain if it has no plans for humanity. Therefore, youths aspiring to tower high in their individual careers must look for a way to give back to society. A good friend of mine, Mrs. Adepeju Jaiyeoba, fondly says, ‘return the ladder back down as soon as you get up’. A cocktail of passion, interest, talent and hard work, will earn anyone greatness. However, we must be careful not to lack compassion for others, as such person will be a reflection of one of Mahatma Gandhi’s seven deadly sins – ‘pleasure without conscience’.