Ogun Promises Not To Derail From Waste Management Reforms, Introduces Billing System
The Ogun State government has promised not to derail from its waste management reforms to ensure a clean, safe and healthy environment.
It also stated that its as it introduces waste bills in some selacted areas in the State, for effective waste collection.
Above statements were made by Mr. Ola Oresanya, the Special Adviser to Ogun State Governor on Environment and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ogun State Waste Management Authority (OGWAMA), in a release issued by the agency’s Spokesperson, Mr. Rotimi Oduniyi, after a crucial meeting with Private Service Providers PSP and Vendors for the commencement of the waste bill in selected cities of the state, held today.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Oresanya said the bill which has been introduced in selected areas in Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Mowe and Ibafo, will end selected services by the PSP, as well compel residential houses in the selected areas to patronize the PSP for a cleaner environment.
“Under this new arrangement, you’re to service all households in your jurisdiction regularly and serve them with bills which has the seal of the State government, but note that at no point must those households complain of any selective or inefficient service from you as any one of you found guilty of these will be sanctioned”, Oresanya warned the PSP.
Oresanya stated that the success of the first phase of billing will aid the commencement of the next phase which will be statewide. He enjoined residential and commercial not captured in this first phase to get ready and cooperate with PSP assigned to their areas for better services.
The Special Adviser also used the event to announce the outlawing of Cabstars,Tippers and Lorries from collecting waste in the State after 14 months of warning on its imminent ban saying that ‘aside from their incompatibilities, they are always dirty and spill their collected wastes on the road while moving, thereby dirtying the environment they are billed to make clean’.
He said from now on, only Waste Collection Articulated Vechicles known as Compactors, will be allowed to collect wastes, while urging owners of outlawed vechicles to join hands and get Compactors, so as to be part of the new waste management reforms.
Mr Oresanya also urged the waste vendors to wait for new guidelines that will regulate their operations, as OGWAMA is committed to a holistic waste management reforms which will enhance a clean,safe and healthy environment.
In his response, the Chairman of Ogun State Chapter of Association of Waste Managers Association of Nigeria (AWAN) (the umbrella body of the PSP) Mr. Jolaoso Emmanuel, thanked the state government for the new initiatives especially the introduction of waste bills in selected areas of the state and promised his members support for the ongoing waste management reforms in the state.