Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has disclosed that the Ogun State Waste Management Agency, recently approved by the State House of Assembly would contribute immensely to the revenue drive of government through proper and effective waste management.
Prince Dapo Abiodun who made this known at the last lap of town hall meetings on the 2020 Budget and Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) 2020-2022, for Ogun Central, held at the June 12 Cultural Center, Kuto, Abeokuta, said the decision of the bill was arrived at because there was no result from the State’s huge investment in waste management.
“We decided to setup what we call the Ogun State Management Agency, because, when we came in, we had the Ogun State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) in the Ministry of Environment but we realized the fact that there were gaps and the agency was not effective. We saw what obtained in other states, we saw how much revenue is been derived from it.
” We were not gaining from it, despite investing in it, so we decided not to reinvest in it, so, we sent a bill to the House of Assembly and the house has graciously approved it and we now have the Ogun State Waste Management Agency, which will be headed by an experienced person”, he said.
Abiodun assured the people of the Senatorial District that they would begin to see the huge difference in waste management, which would be a partnership, called Private Sector Partnership (PSP), adding that the success of the new waste management agency lies on their cooperation to help the agency succeed.
He hinted that government would also be looking at the Physical Planning Ministry, with the aim of introducing new reforms for better planning of the environment, revealing that few agencies would be setup within the ministry to look at building plan, permit and issues relating to drainages in the State.
“There is haphazard development all over the whole place, we are going to have different agencies in the Physical Planning Ministry to look at building permit, plan and issues relating to drainages, among other issues”, he said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Consultant to the Governor on Budget and Planning, Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan, said government was committed to delivering good governance to the people, assuring that the dividends of democracy would be efficiently delivered.