The Lagos State Government says it will train about 450 young entrepreneurs in a five-week intensive programme on the use of coconut waste in arts and craft under its waste to wealth initiative.
The Acting Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya said in a statement that the waste to wealth initiative was part of the state government’s developmental T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of making Lagos a 21st century economy.
According to her, coconuts have the potential to produce electricity, heat, fiberboards, organic fertilizer, animal feeds, fuel additives for cleaner emissions, eco-friendly cutlery, health drinks, and many more.
“Most people see coconut shells as waste and as such disposed them carelessly while others in the rural areas used them as firewood”, the statement said.
The shells could be recycled into artistic products such as jewelries, cutlery, indoor and outdoor decorative items, thereby ensuring environmental sustainability, she added.
“The coconut tree, also known as the tree of life, is said to have no single part of it wasted.
This training puts this fact to use, while also empowering the participants so that they can begin to immediately earn a living from skills they would be taught, As we are acquiring skills, we are also learning to sustain our environment.
She added that the training was part of the Ministry of Agriculture’s contribution to the development of the tourism sector in the State as the production of some of the artistic products from coconut shells would reflect the rich cultural heritage of the people.