The Oyo State Government has revealed that over One Hundred and Ninety-Seven (197) waste collectors have applied for the renewal contract of PSPs.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, Hon. Wasiu Olatubosun on Monday said the Honourable Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Abiodun Oni disclosed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
It would be recalled that the State Government recently terminated the appointment of PSPs due to the poor service delivery of waste collection, citing an instance of heaps of refuse experienced everywhere in the state which are prime breeding sites for communicable diseases.
Hence, the need to take holistic measures that would create a turnaround in the Environment Sector, while also announcing the appointment of Mottanai Recycling as the State’s waste Management consultant.
In the statement Hon. Abiodun Oni emphasized that the Oyo State government’s mandate is to ensure that its citizens stay in a clean and safe environment.
Mr. Abiodun Oni however said, “reapplication does not necessarily mean automatic re-engagement, as the criteria for re-engagement must be met to achieve the cleanliness and efficiency deserving of our citizens”.
“Planting of trees, cleanliness of the environment is of great concern. It would be of the interest of the people if willing to accept the government’s disposition to waste management”, he added.
Oni further urged residents to take on some responsibilities particularly by fighting against the wrong attitude to waste disposal in the state, adding that the menace would be conquered in no distant time.
While admitting the new drive, Mr. Abiodun Oni stressed that this administration would not relent in its efforts in ensuring the success of the new architecture system on waste management in the state which he said is aimed at having and maintaining a clean and safe environment.
He stated that the said time had come for residents to appreciate and adopt the state government’s program on waste management which in the long run would be beneficial to all
The statement stressed further that the Ministry in conjunction with its waste management consultant, Mottanai Recycling would be embarking on an emergency clean-up campaign exercise which will also mandate the appointed waste collectors to embark on the household door-to-door collection of wastes.
Consequently, the State government has embarked on enforcement in its bid to ensure the success of the emergency clean-up exercise.
“To this end, there shall be no indiscriminate dumping of wastes on road medians and other open spaces”, Oni added.
Furthermore, residents, Traders, and business owners are expected to pay promptly their apportioned waste bills to at least be responsible for the waste they generate, which is part of their civic responsibilities.