In its determination to address the current mode of waste management and improve on the public hygiene in Ogun State, government has expressed readiness to provide efficient waste management, as well as launch a “Clean-up exercise” across the State towards ensuring the well being of its citizenry.
Speaking in Abeokuta, at a stakeholders meeting with officials of the Ministry of Environment and members of the Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAN), Ogun State branch, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olatokunbo Talabi, described the existing waste collection and management process in the State as unacceptable and capable of endangering peoples’ lives.
Talabi noted that effort was already in top gear to put in place, a viable reform process that would further address the anomalies before it turns to an epidemic in the state.
“When we came in as a government, Governor Abiodun observed that the mode of waste collection, as well as its management was totally not acceptable to the government and its people. We took time to study and observe the existing process of waste management in the State and came to the realization that the process needed to be overhauled.
“Clearly we need to reform this part of our lives, our well-being and should also be thinking of turning waste into wealth”, he added.
The State Scribe, who also revealed that government has appointed a waste management expert with proven track record to manage, supervise and direct the collection and management of waste generated in the State, adding that, there was urgent need to explore the sustainability of the process.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Environment, Mr. Ola Oresanya noted that the Prince Dapo Abiodun led-administration was determined to ensure a clean and healthy State, where waste were properly managed, thereby averting any form of epidemic, calling for people’s cooperation in addressing the problem of waste management in the State.
He said a clean-up initiative would soon be launched in the State to sensitize the people on the importance of maintaining a healthy environment, noting that, a dedicated department to work harmoniously with Local Governments would be created, as well as a short term plan to upgrade the designated dumpsites and a long term plan to build giant ones across the State.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, AWAN, Mr. Jolaoluwa Emmanuel promised his association’s willingness to support the State government in achieving a cleaner and healthier State.