Ithout plans for hu­man­ity jide Ma­caulay

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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’.

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