The Ogun State government says it will not derail from its waste management reforms for a clean, safe and healthy environment as it introduced waste bills in selacted areas of the state for effective waste collection.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment and Chief Executive Officer of the Ogun State Waste Management Authority,OGWAMA,Mr Ola Oresanya stated this during a crucial meeting with waste Private Service Providers PSP and Vendors for the commencement of the waste bill in selected cities of the state.
Mr Oresanya said the bill which has been introduced in selected areas in Abeokuta,Ijebu-Ode,Sagamu,Mowe and Ibafo would end selected services by the PSP and compel residential houses in the selected areas to patronize the PSP for a cleaner environment.
“Under this new arrangement,you are 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,” he said.
Oresanya added that the success of the first phase of billing would aid the commencement of the next phase which would be statewide and enjoined residential and commercial not captured in this first phase to get ready to cooperate with PSP assigned to their areas for better services.
The special adviser also used the opportunity of the meeting to announce the outlawing of Cabstars, Tippers and Lorries from collecting waste in the state after 14 months of warning on its imminent ban .
He said that aside from their incompatibilities, they were always dirty and spill their collected wastes on the road while moving, thereby dirtying the environment they were billed to make clean.
He said henceforth only waste collection articulated vechicles known as compactors were now allowed to collect wastes , urging owners of outlawed vechicles to join hands and get compactors so as to be part of the new waste management reforms.
For the waste vendors, Oresanya urged them to wait for new guidelines that would regulate their operations as the OGWAMA is committed to a holistic waste management reforms which would enhance a clean,safe and healthy environment.
Responding,the Chairman , Waste Managers Association of Nigeria, Ogun Chapter, the umbrella body of the PSP,Mr Jolaoso Emmanuel thanked the state government for the new initiatives especially the introduction of waste bills.
He promised his members support for the ongoing waste management reforms in the state.